Bad omen for Red Sox? Monday’s MA lottery numbers were 1978


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Bucky Dent’s homer continues to haunt the Red Sox more than 30 years later.

Fenway Park hosts the Wild Card Game between the Red Sox and Yankees on Tuesday. Jim Davis/Globe Staff

To be Red Stockings fans superstitious enough to worry about lottery numbers?

If so, some may not like winning numbers from Monday’s Massachusetts State Lottery: 1-9-7-8, the year Bucky Dent helped end the season of the Red Sox with a homer in the AL East tiebreaker game at Fenway Park.

ESPN first noticed the creepy coincidence. The Red Sox and Yankees take on Tuesday night at Fenway Park in the AL Wild Card Game.

Dent, of course, hit only four home runs that year, but he ripped a three-run home run in the seventh inning to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead. The Yankees then won 5-4.

Dent spoke to The Boston Globe‘s Dan Shaugnessy prior to Tuesday’s game, repeating the moment he broke the hearts of Red Sox fans.

“One of my best friends who worked for ’60 Minutes’ called me after that game was over and he said, ‘You know, Bucky. That home run is going to change your life.’ I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’ And he said, ‘I’m telling you, it’s going to change your life.’ And it did,” Dent told Shaugnessy.

“Sport is a game of moments. There are big moments and I happened to be a part of them in one of the best games ever played. I got a great middle initial from it, and I wear it like a big badge of honor. How much better can it be? … It’s always fun to go back to Boston and watch the Yankees play at Fenway. It brings back so many memories.”

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