Don Mattingly with sideburns was one of the best moments on The Simpsons. Mattingly became subject to several social media memes.

He is presently a part of the Toronto Blue Jays, although he first gained notoriety for his appearance on The Simpsons.

The 61-year-old will take over as Blue Jays manager after serving as the Los Angeles Dodgers manager for five years and the Miami Marlins for seven seasons.

In addition, he has worked as a hitting and bench coach for several teams, including the New York Yankees (2004-2007) and the Dodgers (2008-2010).

Don Mattingly Sideburns in Homer The Bat Episode

My personal favorite sports-related "right prediction," and maybe the most outlandish one, that "The Simpsons" made came during the episode that I like the most, which is titled "Homer At The Bat."

This episode from season three which was initially shown on the 20th of February 1992 has Homer Simpson and several recurring characters from his workplace trying out for the softball team representing the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant. Homer was able to steer the team to a perfect season with the help of his one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted bat that he dubbed the "Wonder Bat."

Don Mattingly was a part of The Simpsons.
Don Mattingly was a part of The Simpsons. ( Source : smh )

This enabled them to compete in the championship game against the Shelbyville Nuclear Power Plant. Before the game, Mr. Burns and Aristotle Amadopolis, the respective owners of the various plants, agree to place a one-million-dollar wager on the result of the competition.

Burns decided to replace Homer and the other power plant employees with nine Major League Baseball players he recruited for token positions at the power plant so they could participate in the game. This was Burns' strategy to cheat his way to victory.

Roger Clemens, Mike Scioscia, Steve Sax, Ozzie Smith, Wade Boggs, Darryl Strawberry, Ken Griffey, Jr., and Don Mattingly were the nine Major League Baseball players whom Mr. Burns signed for his team.

The real incident regarding Mattingly's hair and the episode were a mere coincidence.
The real incident regarding Mattingly's hair and the episode were a mere coincidence. ( Source : reddit )

Also on the roster was Don Mattingly. All the players gave their voices to the episode, and it was claimed that all of the members, except Canseco, were entirely cooperative with the project and liked the experience.

The episode and his infamous sideburns made Don Mattingly the talk of the town.
The episode and his infamous sideburns made Don Mattingly the talk of the town. ( Source : reddit )

Eight of the nine big leaguers were not included in Mr. Burns' starting lineup for the championship game, even though they were brought in specifically to play for Springfield in the game. This was because of a string of eight setbacks that prevented them from reaching their destination.

The episode from The Simpsons became so popular that you can also purchase Don Mattingly merch.
The episode from The Simpsons became so popular that you can also purchase Don Mattingly merch. ( Source : etsy )

Because he was too busy pulling a woman and her belongings out of a burning building, the ever-brave Canseco missed the call. Ozzie Smith's visit to the Springfield Mystery Spot resulted in his falling off the face of the world, and according to the canon, he is still falling off the face of the earth to this day.

The episode and his sideburns also turned him into a meme.
The episode and his sideburns also turned him into a meme. ( Source : reddit )

Mike Scioscia was the only participant who actively desired to function within the power plant and showed up to work every day. As a result of radiation exposure, he was hospitalized and came dangerously near to passing away.

Mr. Burns ordered Don Mattingly to shave off his sideburns, even though he did not have any. Mattingly, not understanding what the man meant, he shaved the sides and top of his head, keeping only a tuft of hair at the front and his signature mullet at the rear of his head.

Burns shouted at the major leaguer one more time for not shaving his side of the hair, and when the player showed up for the big game, Burns booted him off the team and sent him home. Mattingly murmured something to himself as he walked away from the room, saying, "I still like him better than Steinbrenner."

This phrase prompted many people to assume that this situation was a parody of what had transpired in real life months before the show aired between the player, the Yankees' owner George Steinbrenner, and manager Stump Merrill.

Don Mattingly And His Hair Issue

Mattingly, who had been given the role of captain of the Yankees at the beginning of the 1991 Major League Baseball season, was notoriously demoted to the bench due to Steinbrenner's rules about personal hygiene.

This military-style grooming policy banned male players, coaches, and executives from growing facial hair longer than a mustache. The hair on the back of the head could not extend beyond the collar.

Mattingly, who had been given the role of captain of the Yankees at the beginning of the 1991 Major League Baseball season, was notoriously demoted to the bench due to Steinbrenner's rules about personal hygiene.
Mattingly, who had been given the role of captain of the Yankees at the beginning of the 1991 Major League Baseball season, was notoriously demoted to the bench due to Steinbrenner's rules about personal hygiene. ( Source : sportscasting )

Mattingly had his hair styled like a mullet, with the back of his head longer than his collar. Steve Farr, Pascual Perez, and Matt Nokes were notified by the then-Yankees manager Stump Merrill, who was working on behalf of the General manager Stick Michael, that they had to get their hair cropped to comply with Steinbrenner's requirements.

Mattingly did not comply with the request. The company fired its celebrity for disobeying the organization's rules and fined him $250 for not going to the barber as punishment. Every day that passed without him getting his mullet cut would result in an extra daily fine of one hundred dollars.

On a famous episode of the WPIX pregame program, baseball icons Phil Rizzuto, Bobby Murcer, and Tom Seaver made fun of the regulation. Rizzuto, whose number 10 jersey was honored by the Yankees in 1985, played the part of a barber dispatched to police the restriction.

His trademark mullet was shaved off just two days after Mattingly was demoted. He received a standing ovation from the New York fans after playing the next game for the New York side with his "long" hair still intact, and he trimmed his hair the next day after getting the applause.

He even auctioned off the clippings to raise money for a charitable organization. Despite this, the tale continued to move forward regardless of the haircut. The Yankees captain voiced his displeasure in front of the media about how the team manager and general manager handled him.

He went as far as to imply that the team should remove him from the role of captain. Before this incident, Mattingly had already considered his prospects in New York. In June that year, he is said to have demanded a trade away from the organization to play for a team in contention for a championship.