Dante Bichette drifts back to that cold night in downtown Denver in 1995. He describes the swing, the flight of the ball, the home run that won the first-ever game at Coors Field.
What the fans saw that evening, several mullets ago, was so Bichette. It dripped with freedom, creativity and production.
"That's the one home run that probably everybody remembers. The one I hit off Greg Maddux in the (1995) playoffs was every bit as big. But the other one really sticks out," Bichette said. "And there was a little shucky ducky before the fist pump at the end."
Bichette had a way of sprinkling glitter on the moment. When he went deep, he dropped the bat as if he was shocked. It was a celebration he used when scoring a goal in foosball, a sport he once dominated every bit the way he crushed hanging curveballs.
"(Former Rockies pitcher) Marvin Freeman came up with the name for it. He said, 'Man, what is it that you do? That shucky ducky,' " Bichette said with a laugh. "It stuck."
What a wonderful sound, Bichette talking home runs. As the Rockies' new hitting instructor, he looks completely different than fans might remember from his playing days, silver speckles on his chin and his once-famous hair a rumor. But he's still as animated and passionate as ever. He discusses the Rockies' offense — the "Blake Street Bullies," if first-year manager Walt Weiss has his wish — like a kid who just opened his favorite Christmas gift.
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Dante Bichette, Rockies' new hitting coach, also acts as psychologist
Denver Post | Feb 28