Steve Sax won two World Series rings, was a five-time All-Star and got nearly 2,000 hits in the big leagues.

Yet to many fans, it’s those half-dozen lines he uttered to a bunch of yellow cartoon characters a long time ago that really made him famous.

“I get asked as much about being on The Simpsons as I do about baseball,” Sax said this week. “They don’t want to know how it was to hit against Nolan Ryan. They want to know about being on that show.”

All thanks to Homer at the Bat.

Still hugely popular 25 years after it first aired, that Simpsons episode featuring the voices of Ken Griffey Jr., Darryl Strawberry, Jose Canseco and a lineup full of luminaries gets a fitting tribute Saturday from the national pastime.

That’s when the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., will present a plaque to Homer — well, really a piece of paper. Plus, a Simpsons-themed exhibit will open inside the shrine after a ceremony.

Actual Hall members Ozzie Smith and Wade Boggs will be in town to talk about taping their roles as Homer’s teammates on the ringered-up Springfield softball squad.

Lasorda recovering

Hall of fame manager Tom Lasorda is recovering after having surgery Thursday to replace his pacemaker. The Los Angeles Dodgers said on Twitter that 89-year-old Lasorda “is doing well.” Lasorda is a special adviser to the team’s chairman. He guided the team to two World Series titles, including their last in 1988.

Babe Ruth items

Two items that can be considered the Holy Grail of Babe Ruth memorabilia are up for auction. Ruth’s 1927 World Series ring and the 1919 contract of Ruth’s sale from the Red Sox to the Yankees are part of the first Lelands.com Invitational Auction. The auction, which takes place through June 30, features many unique and high-value sports memorabilia items.

Around the bases

Blue Jays infielders Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki have been activated off the disabled list and are back in the starting lineup. … Red Sox infielder Marco Hernandez will be out the rest of the season after having surgery on his left shoulder. Hernandez, 24, was put on the DL May 4 with a left shoulder misalignment. … Oakland pitcher Kendall Graveman was scratched from his start at Yankee Stadium and likely is headed to the disabled list along with fellow Athletics right-hander Jesse Hahn. Manager Bob Melvin said both have ailing shoulders. … A day after center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury went on the seven-day concussion DL, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said it was hard to predict when he will return. The medical staff was determining what Ellsbury can do. “It won’t be much for a few days,” he said. Aroldis Chapman (left shoulder inflammation) is to play catch Saturday, his first baseball activity since May 12.