BOSTON — Of course he monitored the a number of ballgames Sunday afternoon, and naturally his telephone blew up when the outcomes of these video games produced the primary one-game, Yankees-Red Sox, “winner goes on, loser goes home” matchup since Oct. 2, 1978, at Fenway Park. Of course he caught up with Goose Gossage, breaking down the performs of that incredible contest from 43 years in the past as if they’d occurred final week.

They don’t name him Bucky Bleeping Dent up right here for nothing.

“Here we go again, Yankees-Red Sox,” Dent, the group’s ninth-place hitter whose seventh-inning, three-run homer in opposition to Mike Torrez gave the ’78 Yankees a lead they by no means relinquished that day, informed The Post on Monday morning. “There’s nothing better. It’s great for the sport.”

Having hit only 40 home runs in 12 Major League seasons, Bucky Dent is most famous for his three-run homer with the Yankees trailing by two in the 1978 American League East tie-breaker game against the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox had led the American League East Division by as much 14½ games (July 19) that season.

Having hit solely 40 residence runs in 12 Major League seasons, Bucky Dent is most well-known for his three-run homer with the Yankees trailing by two within the 1978 American League East tie-breaker recreation in opposition to the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox had led the American League East Division by as a lot 14½ video games (July 19) that season.
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So nice, the truth is, that the 69-year-old Dent, who lives in Florida, was working along with his consultant, Andrew Levy (whose company Wish You Were Here Productions owns a luxurious suite at Yankee Stadium,) to attempt to attend Tuesday night time’s American League wild-card contest in individual at Fenway. Even if that couldn’t work out — the brief turnaround made the logistics difficult — Dent might be watching the sport and lining it up with the reminiscences of his legendary second.

Just as Aaron Bleeping Boone’s 2021 Yankees reported to Yankee Stadium on Sunday with their suitcases packed and their itineraries unsure, the ’78 guys did the identical on Oct. 1, though they aimed to fly from New York to Kansas City that day to organize for the American League Championship Series in opposition to the Royals. Instead, the Yankees blew their one-game AL East to the Bosox in Game 162, future Hall of Famer Catfish Hunter dropping a 9-2 choice to the Indians as future (fingers crossed) Hall of Famer Luis Tiant blanked the Blue Jays, 5-0, at Fenway to arrange the Yankees-Red Sox play-in to determine the division crown — and, in these pre-wild-card days, the lone playoff berth from the East.

(Speaking of “in those days,” the Red Sox earned the best to host not by advantage of head-to-head document, because the Yankees prevailed in 9 of their 15 conferences, however slightly a coin flip, George Steinbrenner reportedly berating group president Al Rosen when his “heads” name didn’t repay.)

“After we lost the game [to Cleveland], we were like, ‘We lost the toss? We have to go to Boston? Really?’ ” Dent stated. “We didn’t have time to think about it. We got dressed, got on the plane and went to Boston. That night, a bunch of us went to [famous restaurant/bar] Daisy Buchanan’s to get something to eat and drink. The buildup of the intensity, the nervousness of the game, didn’t start until the next day.”

Tuesday night time’s contest and the ’78 occasion aren’t similar apples, as Dent identified. After all, yearly options two wild-card video games, whereas Dent’s Yankees competed within the uncommon 163rd recreation, one which hasn’t been held as a “Win or go home” affair because the Rays and Rangers did so in 2013. These Yankees have a day to settle in at Fenway — and whoever wins will obtain a day to settle in at Tropicana Field earlier than opening the AL Division Series in opposition to the Rays on Thursday — whereas the ’78 Yankees performed Game 162 in The Bronx, Game 163 at Fenway and, after their thrilling, 5-4 victory over Boston, ALCS Game 1 at Royals (now Kauffman) Stadium in successive days.

They’re shut, although, the sport’s greatest rivalry settling their enterprise in only one recreation, a contest 43 years in the past that, Dent stated, “was the most pressure in a game that I ever played in.” And he performed in two World Series and three LCS.

“There’s nothing like playing in a one-game playoff,” stated Dent, whose late homer, with Mickey Rivers’ bat, vaulted the Yankees from a 2-0 deficit to a 3-2 lead. “It’s totally different from anything else. It still has the same impact [as the play-in]. You’re trying to win to go on. And it’s Boston and New York. The big thing is, you want to be mentally ready to play. Shoot, it’s the greatest thing that there is. It’s what you play for.”

Asked if he noticed somebody becoming a member of him and Boone (whose Eleventh-inning homer in 2003 ALCS Game 7 despatched the Yankees to the Fall Classic and despatched the Red Sox residence) within the Beantown “Bleeping” membership, Dent stated he had been discussing that very topic along with his spouse and associates on Sunday night time: “I picked Brett Gardner. He’s a classical warrior. He’s played for so many years. He’s come up with so many big hits. He wasn’t supposed to play much and he wound up playing a lot. Plus he’s got a B in his name.”

We’ll see if Dent can name ’em in addition to he hits ’em in do-or-die Yankees-Red Sox video games, and whether or not these Yankees can produce the form of lifelong rivalry reminiscences that Dent and his teammates nonetheless cherish each time there’s an excuse to take action.