BOSTON (CBS) — The Red Sox and Yankees will meet Tuesday night in the Wild Card game at Fenway Park, a one-game playoff to determine which team will face the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS. A certain person who had a major blow in a 1978 one-game play-off between the two rivals will reportedly be in attendance.
That would be Bucky “Bleeping” Dent, as he’s known in Boston. The former Yankees shortstop who ended Boston’s post-season dreams 43 years ago will be at Fenway Park, according to Jack Curry of YES Network.
There’s no word on where Dent will sit or if he’ll be heading to the Green Monster during Tuesday’s game. Dent is, of course, best known for hitting a go-ahead homer over the Monster for the Yankees in a one-game playoff between New York and Boston in 1978. That was one of only 40 career homers for Dent.
That three-run shot by New York’s number 9 batter gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead over the Red Sox. New York then won the game 5-4, a win sent the Yankees to the playoffs and ended Boston’s season. New York won the World Series that postseason against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
As for the one-game playoff between the two teams this year, Boston and New York both finished with identical 92-70 records during the regular season. Tuesday’s Wild Card clash takes place at Fenway Park as the Red Sox won 10-9 against the Yankees in the season series.
Maybe the Red Sox have their own special guest for the game, maybe someone who played a big part in Boston’s epic comeback over the Yankees in 2004. Or maybe even someone from their 2018 ALDS game, which the Red Sox won in four games en route to their last World Series title.
The first pitch for Tuesday night’s game is set at 8:09 PM