“I’m optimistic but I’ve also come to terms with that it’s an important lesson life: You don’t always get what you want,” Morris said. “No. 1, it’s an honor to be honored every year and, two, I’ve been kind of a controversial figure in the Hall of Fame because of the cybernetics (sic) guys, the numbers guys, vs. the guys who use … call it ‘the eyeball test.’ You know, ‘Were you there? Did you ever see me pitch?’ “
Robot-like numbers-crunchers aside, Morris realizes the benefit he gets from those who remember his career highlights, notably Game 7 of the 1991 World Series, when he threw a complete-game shutout against the Braves in what many believe is one of the best performances in postseason history. But even Morris’ shining moment, what he calls “the crowning achievement” of his career, has a downside.
“I think there’s a lot more to my career than that, too,” Morris said. “I kind of chuckle inside when people always talk to me about that. And it’s like, ‘Gosh, I pitched a lot of baseball games.’ I threw three one-hitters, I threw a no-hitter. And they don’t even talk about those.”
...“I’ve been through this a long time and I understand it,” Morris said. “December’s always a month when the talk starts all over again. The longer this goes on, the more I realize how much responsibility the writers have. It’s not an easy thing for them to do. And more importantly, I think they all take it serious. They take a real hard look. I respect it more today than I did, say, 10 years ago.”
Posted: December 03, 2012 at 01:14 PM | 41 comment(s)
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