The 600 Club debuted in 1989 and a new press offered more space for writers and broadcasters along with a control room for the park's video and scoreboards. On the field, the Red Sox couldn't recapture the magic of 1988 and finished with a disappointing 83 wins.
Record: 83-79, 3rd in American League East
Manager: Joseph M. Morgan
When the Red Sox lost four of their first five games, concerns about another letdown sprouted and fans hoped 1989 wouldn't be a repeat of 1987. Luckily, the team came alive to hold first place by Patriots Day and retained their grasp on the top spot for most of May.
However, by the third month of the regular season, momentum seemed to be going in the wrong direction. On June 4 the Red Sox led Toronto 10-0 after six innings at Fenway Park but the Blue Jays scored 11 runs in the last three innings. Boston eventually lost 13-11, and their 10-run lead was the largest squandered in club history. The Red Sox now stood 5½ games out of first place and "Morgan Magic" seemed nothing but a fond memory.
Wade Boggs led the team in hitting again and the third baseman became the first player in baseball history to record seven consecutive 200-hit seasons. His .330 average ranked third in the league but for the fifth year in a row Boggs led the league in on-base percentage. The main power sources on the club were Nick Esasky and Dwight Evans, who hit 30 and 20 home runs respectively, and each reached the 100-RBI plateau.
The Blue Jays won the division and the Red Sox finished in third place with an 83-79 record. The 1980s came to a conclusion and is the only decade in which neither the Yankees nor Red Sox won the World Series.
In 1989, a new premium seating area, the 600 Club, debuted at Fenway Park. The club, which was later renamed the .406 Club in honor of Ted Williams after his passing in 2002, was furnished with padded stadium club seats and enclosed in glass. A new press box was built on top of the 600 Club and the ramp leading to the former press box was closed off as part of construction. Near the closed off ramp, which remained as a dead ramp between Gate A and Gate D, an escalator was installed from Yawkey Way to the suite level and new 600 Club. In addition, a ramp at Gate D was constructed to replace the staircase that was built when the suites were installed in the early 1980s. Both these renovations improved access to the newly expanded upper levels of the Fenway Park.
On August 6, 1989, Carl Yastrzemski's #8 became the fourth Red Sox number to be officially retired at Fenway Park and was added to the façade of the right-field roof.