Mrs. Yawkey, who ignored the advice of minority owner Haywood Sullivan and general manager Lou Gorman, who both thought she should stick with McNamara, certainly looks smart now. After Morgan's first eight days, she said, "Look at the enthusiasm of the players; look at the fans. Everyone's having fun. It should be fun, because it's the greatest franchise in sports."
"She understands what others didn't," says Dr. Arthur Pappas, a Red Sox limited partner. "She understands that New Englanders think of this as their team." These fans are from places like Mechanic Falls, Woonsocket and Walpole, and they grew up paying their way into Fenway Park to see the Olde Towne Teame. Just like Joe Morgan.
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