Monday, July 29, 2013
Morgan to be honored; Clemens expected
By Tony Lee, Special to ESPNBoston.com
BOSTON -- Former Red Sox great Roger Clemens is among those expected to be in attendance Tuesday night at Fenway Park when the organization commemorates the 25th anniversary of “Morgan Magic,” the remarkable run produced by the 1988 team after Walpole native Joe Morgan took over as manager in the middle of July.
Morgan will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Sox host the Seattle Mariners. In addition to Clemens, ’88 alums Dwight Evans, Lee Smith, Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd, Spike Owen, Mike Smithson and Tom Bolton are expected to be on hand.
Morgan was appointed skipper in place of John McNamara on July 14, 1988, during the All-Star break of that year. The team was 43-42, in fourth place and nine games out in the American League East. Once the second half began, Morgan’s team won 12 straight and 19 of 20 en route to a division crown. It claimed 19 consecutive victories at Fenway Park before finally falling to Detroit on Aug. 14. Having won five straight at home before the managerial change, the team’s winning streak at Fenway was 24.
Clemens, who was 18-12 with a 2.93 ERA with Boston that year, has been to Fenway Park a few times since his playing days ended. He was spotted in the Monster Seats during a game in 2010 and again in 2012, just days after being acquitted on federal perjury charges. He declined an invitation to the team’s celebration of 100 years at Fenway Park in April 2012.