September 25, 2015
Coach Ichabeezer is the second half of the eleventh episode of the second season of VeggieTales in the House.
It is once again baseball season in the House. As Junior's team is up to bat, Junior hits a home run, and Larry congratulates him, telling him to "knock that ball into last Taco Tuesday!" Junior is running the bases, while Jimmy is commenting on what a game it is and that the Cobs are on their way to becoming this season's House champions. At that moment, Ichabeezer jumps up while crying out, as Mayor Archibald compliments him that that's the spirit, but Ichabeezer tells him that he wasn't cheering, but rather crying out in pain because the bleachers are rough on the backside. It is now Laura's turn at bat, missing the ball that was thrown at her. When the ball gets thrown at Laura again, Laura is able to hit a home run, while Larry tells her to "run like a wild scallion." Laura is able to run the bases and make it to home plate. After Laura finishes her turn, a nerdy bespectacled pea named Farley has his turn at bat, but is rather nervous, nervously telling himself that he has to do this. When the ball is thrown at Farley, he ends up missing, spinning around three times, which the broccoli umpire counts as three strikes, which means that Farley is out. Ichabeezer is upset when he sees this, saying that Farley is terrible and that maybe he should go back to Little League, but Mayor Archibald tells him that this is Little League.
Larry then asks Farley what's wrong, and Farley answers that he didn't hit the ball again, and that sometimes he feels that everyone is right about him. Larry misunderstands, thinking that Farley is a great kid, but Farley corrects him that he'll never be good at baseball. Larry tells Farley not to let other people tell him who he can or cannot be, because God made you special, which is all he needs to know about himself. Farley brightens up after Larry tells him this, before Jimmy then announces that the Cobs lose again. Despite this, Larry decides to treat the team to ice cream, which everyone cheers about. Ichabeezer is still in pain from sitting on the bleachers, before Mayor Archibald informs him that the town baseball fund is running low and that they need to buy new stuff to keep Veggie Stadium from falling apart. Ichabeezer asks Mayor Archibald if he wants him to pony up some cash so that the kids can keep playing, and Archibald tells him that the Cobs may have a chance at the House Championship, then asks Ichabeezer if it would be worth investing his money to be a part of that. After Archibald tells him this, Ichabeezer comes up with an idea. At Pa Grape's store, the Cobs are having ice cream, while Larry compliments them for a good game, further saying that they said that it was impossible for them to win and that he countered back that impossible is only 'possible' spelled wrong, then adds "So is 'donkey' and 'pumpkin'," before saying "Go, Cobs!" Mayor Archibald then enters the store, saying that he has an exciting announcement, which is that the new member will be joining the team, while Larry says, "Please be someone good." Because of this, Archibald tells him that Ichabeezer is joining the Cobs, which Larry is surprised to hear, just as Ichabeezer also enters the store. Archibald also further explains that Ichabeezer is putting money into the town baseball fund, while Larry is excited about getting new cleats, before Ichabeezer says, "Let's play ball!"
At the baseball field, Larry is telling the team, "I hope you checked your eagles at the door when you came to tonight's practice," then adds that he's got no tolerance for big eagles on the field and for them to hit that field as a team, also adding not to be afraid to get those new 'unicorns' dirty. Ichabeezer impatiently asks if they can play ball already, saying that he's not here to get pep-talked to death. Larry then blows his whistle before saying, "Let's practice practicing!" Ichabeezer is the first one up to bat, but ends up missing the ball when it gets thrown to him, getting three strikes as a result. Larry calls for the next player, but Ichabeezer refuses to leave until he gets a hit, before he knocks away the pitcher. Junior hits the ball as Ichabeezer tries to catch it, but he misses it when he jumps up to catch it. Ichabeezer has gotten 13 strikes from repeatedly missing the ball, while Farley also tries to catch the ball, but Ichabeezer pushes him out of the way to catch it, but misses it as well, angrily blaming Farley for what happened. Ichabeezer still keeps missing the ball that was thrown at him, while Farley asks if they can go home now. The next morning, it is another big day at Veggie Stadium, while Jimmy announces that the Cobs have tied the game up, also noticing that Larry is giving the team one of his pep talks. Larry tells the team that they're tied, so it's anybody's game, adding, "It could be Steve's game, or your aunt's, maybe even a frog's." Larry's point is that he forgot, while the broccoli umpire says "batter up," but Ichabeezer takes his turn up to bat just when it's Farley's turn. Larry tells Ichabeezer that they have a batting order and that everybody bats without skipping, though Ichabeezer tells him that they all know that Farley is going to strike out. Ichabeezer then tells Farley that if he cares at all about the team, then he'll quit. This causes Farley to sadly drop his bat, but Junior tells Farley not to listen to Ichabeezer, though Farley tells him that Ichabeezer is right, because he'll just make them lose anyway. After Farley has left, Larry tells Ichabeezer that that was not nice as he goes to catch up to Farley, even in spite of Ichabeezer telling him that they've got a game to win, angrily telling Larry to come back and coach the team, but Larry tells him that he's got to keep the team together first.
Larry catches up to Farley and tells him that they all want him back in this game, adding that baseball loves comebacks. Farley says that he doesn't want to strike out anymore, but Larry asks him if he's seen Ichabeezer play. When Larry says this, Ichabeezer ends up missing the ball, getting a third strike, which Ichabeezer is upset about, while Jerry announces, "Cobs lose again." Ichabeezer angrily calls out for Larry, asking where he is. When Larry returns to the field, Ichabeezer tells him that the team lost because he is a terrible coach. Larry admits that he may not be the best coach in the world, but he always gives 110 percent, but Ichabeezer tells him that it's 110 percent too little, then fires him as coach. Larry tells Ichabeezer that he can't fire him, but Ichabeezer tells him that he owns the team so because of that, he's hiring a real coach, which is him, further adding that anyone who doesn't like it, they're fired too, which the kids are unable to argue with. At the next game, Jimmy welcomes everyone to the final game of the House Championship, which Jerry adds with "baseball," before Jimmy adds that they have a capacity crowd, which Jerry also adds with, "breaking fire code," just as Jimmy announces that the Cobs are now taking on the Peach Pit Vipers. Bob is watching the game, while Jimmy further adds that "this could be a historic day for the-," but the Cobs are nowhere, as Jimmy and Jerry wonder where they are. Larry then pops out from behind the chair, at the same time that the cobs are nowhere in sight, while Ichabeezer is pacing around impatiently, before the catcher of the opposite team asks him where his team is, but Ichabeezer tells him that he is the team, then says, "Let's play ball!"
The other team can only shrug, before the pitcher throws the ball at Ichabeezer, who misses again and again, each time the ball is thrown at him, until he ends up with three strikes, playing again and again at bat. This time, Ichabeezer is now on the pitcher's mound, but when he throws the ball, it only lands a foot in front of him. When Ichabeezer does manage to throw the ball far, the ball gets hit, as it zips right above him which prompts him to duck down, but the ball bounces off the wall and hits him in the back of the head. Bob and Larry are still watching this, while Jimmy asks Jerry when the Cobs became just one grumpy old guy, which prompts Larry to answer, "Since he canned the most amazing team ever!" The doorbell then rings after that as Larry answers it, finding Junior, Laura, and the entire team at his front door. Junior tells Larry that there's only one coach for them, which is him, which Larry is happy to hear. Back at the stadium, Ichabeezer once again misses a hit that was thrown at him, which only makes him even angrier, while the broccoli umpire tells him that he's out for the hundredth time and that the game is over. Ichabeezer angrily tells the umpire that the game is not over and that if he ends the game, then he's fired, but the umpire says that he's a volunteer, telling him once again, "game over." One carrot player tells another that they just won the easiest championship game in history then thanks Ichabeezer. Everyone is still watching the game at Bob and Larry's house, while Jimmy comments on what a strange game it is, Jerry adding that it's unorthodox, before Jimmy says that the Cobs have lost the House Championship.
However, Larry turns off the television set and says, "You know what I say to that, team? Let's get some ice cream!", which the team agrees with that as they leave the house to do just that. At Pa Grape's store, the team is having ice cream, while Larry sadly says that they were so close to winning the championship until Ichabeezer came along. Pa then tells Larry that he and Ichabeezer were on the same Little League team as well when they were kids, adding that they called him "Miss-abeezer" because he couldn't hit the ball. A flashback then starts up after that, showing Ichabeezer up at bat, while two corn kids comment about it and that he'll make them lose the Championship. The other corn kid tells Ichabeezer that if he cares at all about the team, then he'll quit. Pa then explains that they almost made House Champions that year too, but Ichabeezer struck out and they lost, and the rest is history, just as the flashback ends. Larry realizes that Ichabeezer was hoping to win the Championship this time to prove everybody wrong, which Pa confirms with a nod. At the field at night, Ichabeezer tries to hit the ball, but he misses once again, which he is frustrated about, as he throws the bat away then lays on his back. The next morning, Farley comes to the stadium in time to see Ichabeezer asleep on the field before he gets Ichabeezer's attention, waking up Ichabeezer, who is startled awake. Farley asks Ichabeezer if he's sleeping on home plate, while Ichabeezer says that it was a rough night. Farley tells Ichabeezer that it's not a big deal, missing the ball and losing the House Championship, saying that he knows it feels like it is and that it feels like that you're just not good enough, but it's not true. Farley then says that hitting home run and winning games isn't what makes you special, which Ichabeezer is surprised to hear, before Farley tells him that God made him special and loves him very much, further adding that hitting a ball doesn't have anything to do with that.
Ichabeezer is touched when Farley tells him these words, before coming to Bob and Larry's house as Larry answers the door to find Ichabeezer and Farley at the door. Larry tells Ichabeezer that he has to get another job before he can fire him again, but this time, Ichabeezer apologizes to Larry for all the trouble and all the things that he said and did. When Ichabeezer asks Larry to forgive him, Larry just does that, before Ichabeezer says that he's here to ask Larry to be his coach, while Farley adds that they're getting the team back, which Larry misunderstands, saying, "Back from whom?" Ichabeezer then tells Larry to call the Cobs up and tell them to get back to the green, before giving Larry his coach's hat back and saying that they're going to practice for a rematch. Larry says that the Peach Pit Vipers would never agree to a rematch, but Ichabeezer slyly tells Larry that they would if he bought them a new baseball field. Larry is surprised when Ichabeezer tells him this, before Ichabeezer says "Let's play ball!", as he, Larry, and Farley toss their baseball caps in the air in triumph. At the rematch game, Jimmy says that it's been a whirlwind of a season for the Cobs as they prepare for a rematch to win the House Champions, while Jerry also adds, "And stuff." Down below in the grandstands, Mayor Archibald is amazed at how "sit-tastic" and comfortable the new bleachers are, before he says, "Go team!" One of the Cobs is able to hit the ball that was thrown at her, before making a run across the bases, at the same time that Larry, as well as everyone else on the team, starts singing a song about how God made all of us special, no matter what others say about us. After the song ends, it is now Farley's turn at bat, as this time, Ichabeezer is more kind to Farley, telling him that no matter what happens, God made him special. When the ball is thrown at Farley, this time, he is able to hit the ball.
- This is the second baseball episode in the series, following Laura at Bat.
- Farley is voiced by Rob Paulsen, using the same voice that he used for PJ on "Goof Troop" and Carl Wheezer on "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius."