OAKLAND, OCT. 10 -- The lingering images from today's final game of the American League Championship Series will not be Oakland pitcher Dave Stewart breezing through the Boston Red Sox' lineup or his A's teammates celebrating a third straight American League pennant.

What will persist is the fury that surrounded Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens's second-inning ejection after a stream of disparagements aimed at home plate umpire Terry Cooney. The incident -- later called "embarrassing" by AL President Bobby Brown -- marred Oakland's 3-1 victory that capped a four-game playoff sweep and sent the A's into next week's World Series with 10 consecutive postseason victories.

The scene was wild. The encounter between Clemens and Cooney touched off a 15-minute melee that saw Red Sox Manager Joe Morgan conduct an animated, high-intensity argument with virtually every umpire on the field and Boston reserve infielder Marty Barrett get ejected for throwing two Gatorade containers and a bucket of candy and sunflower seeds from the Red Sox' dugout onto the field.

It also sealed Boston's fate, for Mike Gallego greeted Red Sox reliever Tom Bolton with a two-run double that provided the margin of victory. Boston's players still were enraged at Cooney after the game, with most expressing sentiments similar to those of fuming catcher Tony Pena.

"It's a disgrace that an umpire can do something like that," Pena said in the Red Sox' testy clubhouse. "There's no way that should happen.

"These guys think 50,000 people in the stands are here to see them umpire. Well, I'd like to tell Cooney something: They were here to see us play baseball and to see Roger Clemens pitch."

The episode began after Clemens walked Willie Randolph on a 3-1 fastball with two outs and a runner aboard in the second. Television replays seemed to indicate that the pitch was high and inside, and Oakland Manager Tony La Russa said: "It's safe to say that the pitch definitely was a ball."

Clemens disagreed, and started to yell at Cooney from the mound. Clemens claimed later that he did not swear at Cooney initially, but several people nearby said otherwise.

"I heard it all," said Stewart, who was seated on the A's bench. "What he said warranted his ejection. He said a couple of magic words. . . . The things I heard him say are worthy of being thrown out of a ballgame for sure."

The Red Sox' major objections to Cooney's handling of the situation, though, stemmed from the fact that Clemens was not given a chance to muzzle himself being thrown out. "All I'm going to say is that if this man was going to do this, he should have warned Roger," Morgan said.

Said Clemens: "I've been in the big leagues long enough to know that {umpires'} worst fear is being shown up, and I was not showing him up. . . . It's just unbelievable, that's what it is."

Cooney said he objected to the fact that Clemens was shaking his head "like he was disgusted" after the final pitch to Randolph. Cooney then emerged from behind Pena, and according to his account, yelled to Clemens: "I hope you're not shaking your head at me."

Said Cooney: "He said back to me, 'Take your mask off if you want to say something to me.' I said I wasn't going to take my mask off. . . . I felt that by not removing my mask, I was showing him that I did not want to get into a verbal argument with him. That was my form of a warning.

"Then he called me a gutless something-or-other and I had to eject him. I had no choice. Everyone heard what he said. . . . I'm probably one of the most easygoing umpires in the league, but he left me with nothing else to do but throw him out."

Cooney said he took the magnitude of the game and Clemens's stature into account but concluded, "I still had to do my job, no matter the situation."

Clemens said the only profanity he used was in telling Cooney to remove his mask if he wanted to talk. "I didn't verbally abuse him," he said. "I didn't curse him." But Mike Gallego, the hitter when the incident occurred, countered: "There were some obscenities. I was scared because I thought at first he was yelling at me like that."

In the fracas that ensued, Clemens pushed umpire Jim Evans as he tried to get at Cooney -- an action normally considered unequivocable cause for suspension. But Evans said, "I didn't take it as an assault upon me," and Brown refused to say whether Clemens would be fined and/or suspended at the beginning of next season.

"I was surprised" by Clemens's explosion, Stewart said. "Roger has a good idea of his importance to the Red Sox. I can't imagine what he was thinking."

Said Clemens: "I'm not embarrassed at all. I'm upset for my teammates that I wasn't out there to help them. I have no remorse. . . . All I know is that {Cooney} took the ball out of my hand in the last game of the season. I'm trying hard out there, and if that's a strike against me, then I guess that's to my discredit."