"Bucky 'Freaking' Dent." It's a term I've heard a lot from Red Sox fans.
The Yankees trailed the Red Sox by 14 games in mid-July. Even by the middle of August, the lead was only down to nine games.
But by Sept. 10, the Yankees had caught the Red Sox, setting up a classic end to the season.
The Yankees lost to the Indians on the last day of the season to set up the one-game playoff for the AL East.
In that game, Boston had a 2-0 lead heading into the seventh inning. But with two runners on and two outs, Dent stepped to the plate and blasted a three-run home run to give the Yankees the lead. It's a home run that lives by the name "Bucky 'Freaking' Dent."
The Red Sox did close the game to 5-4 in the eighth inning when Fred Lynn had an RBI single with one out. But a flyball and strikeout ended the threat.
However, Boston had one more chance in the ninth inning, getting runners on first and second with one out. A fly ball by Jim Rice moved Rick Burleson to third, but Carl Yastrzemski popped out to third to end the game.
It's not only the most classic division race between the two teams, but the best in the history of baseball.