Fenway Park

July 7, 1988

Frank Viola haunted the Red Sox for years, and he continued that mastery in limiting Boston to to one run on eight hits in winning, 8-1, at the Homerdome. It was Viola’s third win in three 1988 wins against the Red Sox.

Of course, he had dominated the entire American League to that point, with a 14-2 record.

The Red Sox continued meandering along the road of mediocrity, their record dropping to 40-39, with their fifth loss in six games.

Manager John McNamara was being pilloried on all sides – the players, the media and the fans. He made it to the All-Star break. But a day before the 43-42 Red Sox resumed their season at Fenway Park against the Kansas City Royals, McNamara was fired.

Joe Morgan – the anti-Mac – became the interim manager.

The Red Sox promptly went on a 12-game winning streak.

That was not coincidental.

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