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Bucky Dent throws out the first pitch for Game 4 of the ALDS

Bucky Dent, best known for his home run that broke the hearts of Red Sox fans in 1978, threw out the first pitch for Game 4.Jim Davis/Globe Staff

The Yankees pulled out out all the stops for their do-or-die ALDS Game 4 against the Red Sox Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

New York enlisted former shortstop Bucky Dent to throw out the first pitch, after a colossal 16-1 defeat in Game 3 Monday night gave Boston the 2-1 edge in a best-of-five series. Dent, who won two World Series during his 5½ seasons in New York, was sure to stir up nightmarish memories for Sox fans who remember the tribulations of the late 1970s.

The 66-year-old is probably most well-known for his three-run, seventh-inning home run in the 1978 AL East tiebreaker game against the Red Sox. The homer — one of only 40 in Dent’s 12-year career — helped lift the Yankees to a 5-4 victory and clinched them a playoff berth. While New York went on to win the World Series, Boston missed the postseason after blowing a 14-game division lead in one of the most monumental collapses in history.

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For fans who fear Dent’s participation in the ceremonial festivities Tuesday night won’t bode well for the Red Sox, fear not. Dent also threw out the first pitch for Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS — and Boston knows how that story ends.