Joe La Boot is a retired baseball player who dropped an easy catch a long time ago. People still seem to remember it, like Grampa who hated him for it. Lisa took Bart to see him after Bart too dropped an easy catch. Once La Boot talks to Bart he suddenly realizes who he is and realized it's worse than his drop. But later when Bart attempts suicide by jumping off the water tower and everyone worries for him, La Boot tries to catch him, only to miss.