Whether you are a New York Yankees fan or a Boston Red Sox fan, when the name Bucky Dent comes up you either get a smile or somebody grumble Bucky “Freaking” Dent. If you are a New York Yankees fan, you’re hoping that history repeats itself.
On July 19th, 1978, the New York Yankees were 14.5 games back behind the hated rival Boston Red Sox, and seemingly were thought to be out of the race because covering that many games seemed almost impossible at the time. The circus inside of the clubhouse was not something positive in its own rights. Manager Billy Martin was a loose cannon in his own rights and it was well documented that he and Reggie Jackson did not see eye to eye. During this up and down season, manager Billy Martin benched Reggie Jackson during the middle of the season, which was not well received and sparked one of his many of his resignations. After all of that, the impossible became possible and the Yankees forced a one game playoff at Fenway Park against the Red Sox for the AL East title.
Bucky Dent was the No. 9 hitter in the line-up that day for manager Billy Martin and the New York Yankees. Bucky Dent was not known for his power because he had only hit 40 home runs in 12 major league seasons, but on this fateful day his name would live forever in infamy, well, at least in the baseball world. His three-run home run in the 7th inning gave the New York Yankees a 3-2 lead and lead the way for their 5-4 victory. The Yankees went on that season to win the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The New York Yankees are only 6.5 games back behind the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays, who are tied atop the AL East standings this season, and it seems that history may have a chance of repeating itself once again and New York Yankees fans would want nothing more then that!