World Series MVP Bucky Dent practices with Gallaudet baseball team
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Three-time Major League Baseball All-Star player Bucky Dent stopped by Kendall Green on October 8-10 to help Gallaudet University baseball coach Curtis Pride with fall practices for the Bison. Dent, who played 12 seasons in the majors, was Pride's manager in 2003 at Columbus the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees.
"I wanted to help Curtis since he played for me. It is an honor to come out and meet his players and be here at the University," said Dent.
Dent spent three days with the Bison and Pride to go over baseball fundamentals as GU prepares for the 2010 season.
"We were fortunate to have Bucky Dent share his experience and expertise with our players, especially the infielders. I know that my entire team has benefited tremendously from the instruction provided by him," said Pirde. "I have had a great deal of positive feedback from players who felt that Bucky made a significant contribution to improving their defensive skills. It is my intent to invite a former major league player with exceptional teaching skills to work with my players during each fall practice."
On Friday, Dent hit infield grounders to the infielders and went over fielding and throwing techniques. Dent even took in the GU football game from the sidelines on Saturday.
"It is exciting to see how Gallaudet's players play the game," said Dent. "It is great to deal with kids that want to learn the game. There is a different approach in teaching [at GU] but in the end it is all about the game of baseball."
Dent, the 1978 World Series MVP with the Yankees, is best known for his three-run home run against the Boston Red Sox in the 1978 Divisional Playoff game at Fenway Park. Dent played on two world championship teams with the Yankees.
When Pride played for Dent in '03, he batted .289 and hit seven home runs and knocked in 34 RBIs in 55 games for the Clippers. Pride later got promoted to the Yankees on July 2 and got to start against the Red Sox on July 4 in Yankee Stadium. He led off the sixth inning with a towering home run as the Yankees won 7-1.
Dent, who attended the first game of the American League Divisional Playoffs this season at the new Yankee Stadium, said that this year's New York team will be ‘tough to beat' in the playoffs. New York moved one step closer to reaching the World Series for the first time since 2003 as its swept the Minnesota Twins and will next face the Los Angeles Angels in the American League Championship Series that begins this week.