It is revealed that Springfield has held the record of being the "Meanest City in America", which is apparently backed up for the town's treatment of Bart's losing their game against Shelbyville.
The episode's plot borrows from the movie The Best of Times, in which an old football game is replayed.
The episode is extremely similar to an episode of the Stephen King miniseries Kingdom Hospital, entitled 'Butterfingers'. In the 'Butterfingers' episode, Earl Candleton is playing in the final game of the World Series, and although he has had a stellar career that season up until that moment, just like Bart, he drops an easy pop fly that means the difference between his team, the Robins, winning or losing the game (they lose.) He is abused and scorned by fans just like Bart, although his torment extends over years; he is given the scornful nickname 'Error' Candleton and 'Butterfingers,' and people throw baseballs at him wherever he goes. Like Bart, he is given a chance to replay the critical moment of the game (although in his case, it is due to the intervention of supernatural forces; also unlike Bart, the second time around, he catches the ball on the first try.)
The signs in front of the baseball field read: "Springfield Little League Park" and "Warning: Your child is not as good as you think he is."
The announcer for the softball games was Vincent Edward "Vin" Scully. He's the same announcer for Los Angeles Dodgers. Harry Shearer (the voice of Vin Scully) also played Vin Scully when he was a cast member on Saturday Night Live during his second stint on the show (from 1984 to mid-1985)
The two radio stations shown in this episode were: KBBL 970 AM and QUE BBL 640.
It took 78 tries for Bart to catch the game winning ball.
According to this episode Bart's favorite song is "Love Stinks" by The J. Geils Band.
According to this episode when Bart was born, he came out blue and backwards (which actually would have killed him).
Springfield has a junior baseball team called The Springfield Isotots.
The last time a sport-related misfortune lead a Simpson to become a pariah and attempt suicide occurred in Million Dollar Abie.