Steinbrenner replied, "I swear on my mother's grave nobody's telling me what to do."
Morris looked Steinbrenner square in the eyes and said to him, slowly and firmly, "Do not do that to your mom. She hears what you're saying."
"Steinbrenner," Morris says, "lied to my face."
Morris wound up returning to the Tigers, squeezing a $1.85 million one-year deal out of them in arbitration. Five years later, after the owners were found guilty of collusion and Morris was one of several players set free as a "new look" free agent, he knocked again on the doors of Pohlad and MacPhail. This time they signed him.
Arvid's boy at last had come home to the Twin Cities. It was a heart-warming story, unless you knew that Morris's marriage was falling apart and that he would live alone that year, his two sons living with their mother.
"It was miserable," Morris says. "I poured all of my focus into baseball."
The first day of spring training he told his new teammates, who had finished last the previous season, "Men, I'm going to get you guys to the World Series. I'm going to throw the most innings on this team, have the best ERA and win the most games. I will lead you."
"The guy was the ultimate competitor," Tapani says. "If we were running wind sprints, he'd try to beat you. Scott Erickson and I would take turns running hard. That way we'd save energy so one of us would always be strong enough to beat him. But Jack would run all 16 sprints hard and beat us every time. He had this attitude, Whatever you do, I'm going to beat you."
Morris won 18 games for the Twins. He started and won both of his starts against Toronto in the American League Championship Series. He won Game 1 of the World Series 5-2. He was ahead 2-1 in Game 4 when manager Tom Kelly pinch-hit for him after six innings. His replacement, Carl Willis, gave up a home run to the third batter he faced, Smith. Minnesota lost 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth.
"TK screwed up by taking me out," Morris says. "We would have won it, and I would never have had to pitch Game 7."