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It's Spring, time to think baseball: who was this friggin batter anyway...
Posted by: RgrF
Date: March 12, 2008 07:28AM


First three correct answers get to spend a day with Minty. Loser gets to stay overnight.



"Who's more foolish - the fool or the fool that follows him?" - Obi Wan Kenobi



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/12/2008 08:08AM by RgrF.
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Re: It's Spring, time to think baseball: who was this friggin batter anyway...
Posted by: slbett
Date: March 12, 2008 08:01AM
Reggie, no, He was a lefty



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Re: It's Spring, time to think baseball: who was this friggin batter anyway...
Posted by: Cary
Date: March 12, 2008 08:18AM
Bobby Murcer?
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Re: It's Spring, time to think baseball: who was this friggin batter anyway...
Posted by: raz
Date: March 12, 2008 08:20AM
Bucky Dent?

(... checking google images ... yep )

My brother-in-law in Boston can't even say the name without putting an expletive in the middle



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Re: It's Spring, time to think baseball: who was this friggin batter anyway...
Posted by: Cary
Date: March 12, 2008 08:23AM
Grrr... Wrong "B"
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Re: It's Spring, time to think baseball: who was this friggin batter anyway...
Posted by: RgrF
Date: March 12, 2008 09:03AM
Your brother-in-law is quite correct. Bucky Fukkkking Dent does have a middle name, but we've gotten over that.

How you will get over your overnight with Minty isn't my problem. It's probably best to not mention Slamming Sammy Sosa, Cub Nation wants that one buried.



"Who's more foolish - the fool or the fool that follows him?" - Obi Wan Kenobi
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Re: It's Spring, time to think baseball: who was this friggin batter anyway...
Posted by: spearmint
Date: March 12, 2008 09:05AM
Bucky Dent's Home Run
October 2, 1978 by Harvey Frommer

The mother of all such moments will always remain what happened on October 2, 1978 "When I hit the ball," Bucky Dent recalled, "I knew that I had hit it high enough to hit the wall. But there were shadows on the net behind the wall and I didn't see the ball land there. I didn't know I had hit a homer until I saw the umpire at first signaling home run with his hand. I couldn't believe it."

Neither could the Red Sox. Don Zimmer, then Boston's skipper, changed the Yankee shortstop's name to "Bucky F_____g Dent." Red Sox fans had even more salty phrases.

Dent's home run was the headline grabber in that one-game playoff game between the historic rivals at Fenway Park before 32,925. The Yankees were down to the Sox in the AL East by 14 games on July 19. After Billy Martin was fired as manager, Bob Lemon led the team to a 52-21 record. Losing 14 of 17 in September, the Sox made a late-season run winning their last eight games, catching the Yankees on the last day of the season.

New York's 24 game winner Ron Guidry gave up two runs to Boston through six - a home run to Carl Yastrzemski and a Jim Rice RBI single. Mike Torrez, a former Yankee, was the Boston pitcher.

Chris Chambliss singled. Roy White singled. That's how the top of the seventh began for the Yankees. All was just foreshadowing for Earl Russell Dent out of Savannah, Georgia. A fine defensive shortstop but not much of an offensive threat, he had hit but .243 for the season. For the last 20 games he had batted a puny .140. But the Yankees were out of infield replacements. Regular second baseman Willie Randolph was injured. Fred Stanley, the only other available mid-infielder, was slotted to come in and replace Brian Doyle, who had been hit for earlier in the inning.

Dent stepped in. Just hoping to make contact, the 5'-9" Yankee peered out at Torrez, the 6'-5" Red Sox pitcher. The two were locked in, locked up.

Dent fouled the second pitch off his foot. The count was one and one. There was a brief delay as the Yankees trainer tended to Dent. Mickey Rivers, the on-deck-batter, pointed out that there was a crack in the handsome infielder's bat. Dent borrowed a bat from Rivers.

All set, Dent swung at the next pitch; the ball cleared the infield heading out to the left field wall. The wind and destiny moved the ball higher to its date with the Green Monster.

"Deep to left!" Bill White, Yankees broadcaster shouted, "Yastrzemski will not get it!" Yaz backed up. He had been in this position before. But he knew it was hopeless. The ball sailed into the 23-foot net above the Green Monster, the 37-foot wall in left field. Three run home run!

White, Chambliss and the entire Yankee bench were there waiting at home plate. It was all Bucky Dent that October day. "I was so damn shocked," Torrez said. "I thought maybe it was going to be off the wall. Damn, I did not think it was going to go out."

Not many remember that the Red Sox still had a chance in the bottom of the ninth. But Goose Gossage got Carl Yastrzemski to pop out with 2 on and 2 out. Not many remember that the victory in that game was earned by Ron Guidry, moving his record to 25-3.

"I had a dream as a kid," the player who was born Russell Earl O'Dey said. "I dreamed some day I would hit a home run to win something."


The real goat? Those stupid @#$%& Red Sox fans who have hung on to an irregular antiquated ballpark to let some of their players hit pop ups for homers. Morans forget it works both ways.
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Re: It's Spring, time to think baseball: who was this friggin batter anyway...
Posted by: raz
Date: March 12, 2008 09:17AM
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RgrF
Your brother-in-law is quite correct. Bucky Fukkkking Dent does have a middle name, but we've gotten over that.

I was never much of a Yankees fan, so I can't take much delight in B(F)D. Now, Bill Buckner and The Slow Roller From Hell ...

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RgrF
How you will get over your overnight with Minty isn't my problem. It's probably best to not mention Slamming Sammy Sosa, Cub Nation wants that one buried.

I'm guessing Bartman is right out as well.



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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/12/2008 09:17AM by raz.
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Re: It's Spring, time to think baseball: who was this friggin batter anyway...
Posted by: crispy
Date: March 12, 2008 09:37AM
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Re: It's Spring, time to think baseball: who was this friggin batter anyway...
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: March 12, 2008 11:06AM
Baseball been berry berry good to me!

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Re: It's Spring, time to think baseball: who was this friggin batter anyway...
Posted by: Kiva
Date: March 12, 2008 11:19AM
i'm gearing up for the Giants to lose 100 games....which appears to be a near certainty...oh boy....

kiva



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Re: It's Spring, time to think baseball: who was this friggin batter anyway...
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: March 12, 2008 01:17PM
Ahhhh! that slow roller was worse than BFD's homerun, IMO.

I didn't know it was Zimmer who gave him that name. Too funny.



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