It had been 25 years since they made their run to the American League championship, and they had about 30 minutes to play catchup.
The handful of players from the 1988 Red Sox team that went on a late summer heat wave and won 19 of 20 games to go from nine games back to first place squeezed in as many stories as time would allow.
Then, just before they were all supposed to march on to the field to be honored before the Red Sox faced the Seattle Mariners, the man whose midseason fairy dust was responsible for the run walked in.
Even though Joe Morgan was now 82, he had the same presence as when he took over for John McNamara. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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