This post is about the HOF, but not steroids so my closing line in the last post holds true.
I think Jack Morris is a HOFer.
Yeah I said it!
I truly believe his performance in game 7 was the single greatest pitching performance in baseball history.
Let me tell you why.
Game 7 was Morris’s 3rd start of the series. He pitched 3 of the 7 games for the Twins. That alone is impressive, but…
-He went 10 inning. There are guys that struggle to get 10 innings in 3 starts, let alone a 10 inning complete game!
-The 10 innings were all scoreless.
-He was facing future HOFer John Smoltz. These two guys were arguable the two biggest pitchers at that moment. It wasn’t David versus Goliath, it was Goliath versus Goliath
-He was facing the best team in the NL at the time. A team that was capable of putting 14 runs on the board.
-It was the ultimate in clutch. If he won the Twins take the series, if he loses they don’t.
He could not have been under more pressure. As it progressed it was apparent this was going to be a one run game. There was no room for mistakes. I remember watching and thinking he didn’t look at all nervous. The baseball gods asked for his best and he gave it to them. Morris went out and put the Twins on his back and won the best game of the best world series ever played.
His 10 shutout innings to win the series is unmatched. Not even a perfect game can come close.
So convince me otherwise, what pitching performance can even come close to Jack Morris’s game 7.
I say you put him in and on his plaque just put in big letters “GAME 7” and nothing else!