Contrast the scenes late this afternoon in Tiger Stadium.

In the San Diego Padres' tiny locker room, Eric Show stood with his back to a group of assembled writers. "I don't have any comment, gentlemen," he said softly. "I'm sure there are positive things for you to talk about."

Smack in the middle of the Detroit Tigers' locker room, Jack Morris stood with ice on his shoulder and elbow, squinting at television lights, his smile so bright the lights were hardly necessary.

Morris and Show each was his team's leading pitcher this season. Each has been a focus of controversy during the year, Morris for his temperament, Show for his politics. Morris won 19 games during the year; Show 15 but with a lower ERA.

Morris has pitched 25 postseason innings, won his three starts and allowed five runs, pitching to an ERA of 1.80. Show has pitched eight postseason innings, lost two starts and been rescued in another. He has allowed 13 earned runs, pitching to an ERA of 12.37 and thrown seven home run pitches.

Before today's game, Show had said, "I'm anxious to get out there and show the national TV audience how I won 15 games. They're probably wondering."

If so, they're still wondering. Today, Show was gone in less than three innings, the victim of two Alan Trammell home runs. Morris and the Tigers won, 4-2.

Show is not scheduled to pitch again in the Series, ending a season in which his membership in the ultra-right-wing John Birch Society (along with two other pitchers, Dave Dravecky and Mark Thurmond) has put him under scrutiny.

Wednesday, prior to Game 2 in San Diego, Show espoused the virtues of the John Birch Society. "I've found the answers to a lot of questions through the group," he said.

Morris has never been one to talk politics. In fact, Morris has never been one to talk much at all. During the middle of this season, when his pitching had slipped from excellent (10-1 start, including a no-hitter) to mediocre, Morris wasn't talking much to anyone, including teammates.

Morris' relationship with the team reached a nadir following a game in August in which he was knocked out early and the Tigers came back to win. They came into the clubhouse to find him sulking by his locker. "He should have been the first one out to congratulate us," right fielder Kirk Gibson said.

Finally, pitching coach Roger Craig and Manager Sparky Anderson took Morris aside -- separately -- for long talks.

Exactly what effect the talks had on Morris no one knows. He says none. "I started pitching better when I started getting my breaking stuff over again," he said. "For a while, all I could get over was my fast ball."

Anderson believes part of Morris' problem was the Tigers' big lead in the American League East. "Jack stopped concentrating and it hurt him," Anderson said. "I wasn't worried about him as a pitcher even then because I knew when the games got big, he'd pitch well again."

Morris' reaction to that theory: "That's too ridiculous to even answer."

Although Morris has won 104 games for Anderson in the last six years, they have often argued. Morris likes to be "an individual" and likes to call his own pitches. Anderson likes things done his way. Each now says he has learned from the other and they have reached a common ground.

"When Sparky sat me down in August he said, 'Look, you've had a long season, a lot of ups and downs,' " Morris said. "He reminded me that the overall was what mattered -- how you handled everything, the big things and the little things. He said that before it was over, I would look back on this as a great season."

By Sunday evening, Morris and Anderson may very well be locked in an embrace, celebrating a great season, one full of happy memories.

Eric Show will have an entire winter to try to forget.