Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Yankees Postseason History Recap: Bucky F’in Dent


Before October 2nd, 1978 not many people probably knew what Bucky Dent’s middle name was. He was just a light-hitting infielder for the Yankees that was in there for his defense but by the end of the 163rd game of the 1978 season to decide whether the New York Yankees or the Boston Red Sox would go into the playoffs a whole country knew Dent’s middle name, even if it wasn’t his given name. On October 2nd, 1978 Bucky Dent became officially known as Bucky F’in Dent.

The American League East ended up as a tie in 1978 and a 163rd game was required to determine who would be heading to the postseason and who would be heading home for the winter. Entering the Top of the 7th inning in Fenway Park the Red Sox led 2-0 before Dent came up with two runners on. Dent stepped up and hit a go-ahead three-run home run over the Green Monster to give the Yankees the lead, the division and eventually another World Series title.


Dent hit 27 home runs as a Yankees player in six years but none were bigger than that one. I guarantee it. 

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