The Twins were holding one of their usual pregame meetings to review the opposing lineup, when Kelly asked Morris how he would pitch to a particular hitter. Morris gave his answer.
"All right," Kelly said, "we're not going to do it that way." He then gave orders that contradicted Morris.
"Now," Kelly said, "anybody have a problem with that?" "Yeah," Morris snapped. "Why the f—did you ask me?" "That's not important," he said. "We're going to do it this way." Morris says, "TK wanted to show everybody—and I loved him for this—that he was in control."
Now, with the World Series on the line, Kelly was testing Morris again. He seemed to be saying somebody else would pitch the 10th inning. The pitching coach grabbed Kelly by the arm and said, "TK, he said he's fine."
Kelly turned. He looked Morris in the eye.
"I can pitch," Morris said.
Kelly paused, then said, "Oh, hell. It's only a game."
"He was giving me the chance to take myself out," says Morris. "But I think he wanted me to look him in the eye and say, 'I'm not going nowhere. This is my game.' "
So Morris pitched the 10th inning, the only starting pitcher to do so in the World Series since Tom Seaver, one of his heroes, did it in 1969. He pitched as if it were a balmy Florida afternoon in spring training, fresh and full of vigor. Again he zipped through the inning with only eight pitches. He had pitched to eight batters since Pendleton hit that double, and none of them got the ball out of the infield. It made no sense. A 36-year-old pitcher, 283 innings into his season, working a second straight time on short rest, throwing 10 shutout innings...and he was getting stronger.
"Without question," MacPhail says, "it is the most impressive pitching performance I have ever witnessed, and, remember, I watched Kerry Wood's 20-strikeout game."