Boston Red Sox followers higher hope Tuesday night time’s Massachusetts State Lottery numbers learn 2-0-0-4, as a result of the prior night’s draw wasn’t so auspicious so far as the workforce’s historical past is anxious.
Monday, on the eve of Boston’s single-elimination wild-card sport in opposition to the New York Yankees at Fenway Park, the 4 balls that popped as much as denote a winner learn as follows: 1-9-7-8.
On reflection, a disclaimer foreboding superstitious Pink Sox followers from studying any additional most likely would have been warranted earlier than divulging that eerie bit of data.
— Mass. State Lottery (@MAStateLottery) October 4, 2021
As these acquainted with the storied Boston-New York rivalry know all too effectively, the yr 1978 was one of the crucial vital in its historical past.
That season, each franchises completed tied for the division title. This prevalence predated the invention of the wild card, so the 2 met in a one-game tiebreaker at Fenway Park to find out who would advance to the American League Championship Collection. It was the primary true win-or-go-home sport ever performed between the rivals.
The Pink Sox led 2-Zero within the seventh after dominating by six innings. … Then Bucky Dent occurred.
The Yankees shortstop — a .240 hitter with no energy, who solely had 4 residence runs all season — linked for a three-run homer to provide New York the lead. The Yankees went on to win the sport 5-Four and, finally, the World Collection.
Thus the legend of “Bucky F—— Dent” was born.
If the omen, er — lottery numbers, weren’t arduous sufficient for Boston followers to abdomen, there’s additionally the information that Dent is in attendance for the sport.
Bucky Dent will attend tonight’s Yankees-Pink Sox wild card sport at Fenway Park, in response to @ALevyNYC. Undecided if Bucky plans to go to the Inexperienced Monster seats.
— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) October 5, 2021
October baseball has actually by no means been one to shrink back from the drama.
Tuesday night time’s wild-card showdown marks the fourth time the 2 groups have met in a win-or-go-home scenario. Along with 1978, there was Recreation 7 of the 2003 ALCS (gained by the Yankees) and Recreation 7 of the 2004 ALCS (gained by the Pink Sox). Boston and New York additionally met within the 1999 ALCS (Yankees) and 2018 ALDS (Pink Sox). Neither sequence went the gap.
It feels price noting the winner of all 5 Pink Sox-Yankees playoff sequence/tiebreaker video games has gone on to succeed in the World Collection. Apart from the 2003 Yankees, they gained all of it every time (Four out of 5).
Can or not it’s Eight p.m. ET now?