"He was angry," Diane Morrison says of her son. "Here's this man who spent all of your life working with you to achieve this goal, and he's not there. Logan still misses his dad. He's still having issues. It's only been a little over a year. You don't get over something like that."

The next baseball season, Morrison introduced a Coast Guard salute into his home-run trot as a tribute to his dad. And he slammed seven of them in 2011's first two months, while batting .320. But it didn't seem right to check into a Westin or a Hyatt after a road game and not immediately call his dad to dissect at-bats. "It all felt a little bit more empty," Morrison says.

Then came the clash with the bootleg George Steinbrenner who owns the Marlins. Jeffrey Loria is infamous for his meddling. Late in the 2006 season, he spent a game mocking an umpire from the stands until manager Joe Girardi asked him to stop. Loria, who was reportedly furious at Girardi's gall, fired the skipper as soon as the season ended.

Asked what this story should be about, Morrison replied, "The overall awesomeness that's about to go down."
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Asked what this story should be about, Morrison replied, "The overall awesomeness that's about to go down."
"He's a big ol' boy, dude," Bryan Petersen (left) says of teammate, best friend, and bubble bath partner Morrison (right).
"He's a big ol' boy, dude," Bryan Petersen (left) says of teammate, best friend, and bubble bath partner Morrison (right).

Never mind that Girardi was named manager of the year six weeks later and went on to helm the Yankees to a championship in 2009.

So it was déjà vu in June of last year when Loria ordered the firing of popular hitting coach John Mallee, who had nine years in the organization. The move sparked turmoil in the locker room, not to mention an 11-game losing streak soon thereafter. "Not only LoMo but other players thought they were making a mistake," says Edwin Rodriguez, who was then manager.

Morrison was the only one to publicly criticize ownership for the firing. "They felt Mallee had to go," he remarked to beat writers. "I don't feel that way."

When president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest advised Morrison to end the public criticism, the outfielder told reporters about that too.

Rodriguez, whom Loria had circumvented in the Mallee firing, felt a storm brewing. "I was trying to tell him," Rodriguez says of Morrison, "that you can be honest, but sometimes you don't have to express your opinion."

But Rodriguez himself resigned soon afterward, replaced by octogenarian interim manager — and consummate Marlins company man — Jack McKeon. The Depression baby took to calling Morrison "Twitter."

"As long as he's not doing Twitter at the ballpark, that's the only thing I was concerned about," says McKeon, who doesn't think much of social networking. "I'm not about to let the whole world know what my business is."

Morrison became the mama sow for reporters on deadline. "Some of the guys followed him around to milk him for salacious quotes," Miami Herald sportswriter Clark Spencer says. Morrison didn't disappoint. Last June, word leaked that he had berated Hanley Ramirez for chronic tardiness. When reporters then asked him if Ramirez was a team leader, he took what was termed a "not so subtle jab" at the injured superstar, responding, "It's 162 games. It's not a 100-game season."

Morrison says he was just stating the facts: "He was our best player last year, and he was hurt."

"They butted heads one time behind closed doors, and the beat reporters made it into a larger issue," says Morrison's agent, Fred Wray. "It's like a husband and wife. If you get in one argument, that doesn't mean you're going to get a divorce."

Then came the ghastly Twitter-versy. In August, Morrison took a silly jab at the team president by posting a photo of a grinning, slightly dorky fellow with the caption, "Is this David Samson? Yes or no? Vote now."

Samson had already gone on record as considering Morrison's racy tweets to be "scary." Three days after he posted the photo, Morrison was demoted to the minors. "He needs to concentrate on all aspects of being a major-leaguer and work his way back," Beinfest declared.

In September, Morrison filed a grievance against the Marlins, a ballsy move for a young player. "It was embarrassing," he says. "I just felt wronged." (The grievance has yet to be resolved.)

This season, Morrison vows, he'll stonewall the beat reporters who made a living at his locker. His new strategy: "Short, simple answers," he says. "If they want to talk about other players, go ask them, because I'm not going to lie to you. It's hard to get across that you respect every player but that you fear no one."

He's still a kid. Last Christmas, he begged his mom for a Tumi suitcase to bring on road trips. His agent, Fred Wray, monitors his tweets. There will be no ribbing of the Marlins president this season. "We don't want it to be an issue," Wray says. "Morrison, rightly or wrongly, provided the spice last year. He's not going to provide it this year."

Here's the thing, though: That guy whose photo he posted last year actually looked a lot cooler than David Samson, who resembles an impish substitute math teacher.

Samson lectured Morrison in the press last season, intoning, "It takes an entire career to build a reputation, and one tweet to lose it."

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14 comments
Marlinsucks
Marlinsucks

Who gives a shit about this team, they stole from everybody when they built that shit stadium in the rat infested area of Miami. People are stupid if they go to see them but then again it's Miami.

Fair
Fair

A childish clown... a below average hitter who is looking for notoriety elsewhere to make up for his lack of prowess on the field. My only hope is that Logan goes into a psycho wacho fit someday and sits on the creep David Samson and takes a #2 UN-KOSHER dump on him, that is after Logan has eaten grits and greasy bacon.

TimpFeee
TimpFeee

lol OK thats jsut too funny fdude.

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Adonis Vowsen
Adonis Vowsen

Every one of his female followers, have for some reason have grown a feverish love for the latest Itunes sensation. 'The Flowers And Valentines Day Song'! The downloads continue to Rocket!!Thanks to everyone for your wonderful support!

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Kyle
Kyle

Why isn't Morrison taking advantage of himself? God..if I had his swing, power, and body build I wouldn't even have a facebook... The dude is funny and all, but all he does is act like a dweeb. New stadium is nice, and the team will be fun to follow. But I honestly dont think Reyes is enough to lead a squad of cartoon characters to a postseason.

Jane W
Jane W

lomo's a piece of shit tool with a bad knee,which will be blown out by June 1st

randrand run
randrand run

LACK OF MARLINS COMMENTS SPEAKS VOLUMES-THE PEOPLE AIN'T INTO THE STADIUM, THE HYPE-AND THEY ARE HUNGRY AND BROKE! WHAT A BONER THIS PUSH WAS FROM THE OUTSET--------------

Billy the marlin
Billy the marlin

Obviously U dont know shit about the Marlins...Gaby Sanchez has been the 1stbaseman for over 2 seasons, not Stanton ,who plays RF..get a clue and stick to soccer,

D Samson
D Samson

Is a curmudgeon the polar opposite off a 24yr old twitter geek displaying the maturity level and humor of a 14 yr old teenager going thru puberty, that trys to get laughs from fart jokes,and other assorted high school jokes????

PattyA
PattyA

He does take advantage of himself.....he makes himself out to be a jerk-off every day.....

FredtheToolsAgent
FredtheToolsAgent

lomo's not a piece of shit tool...he's just a wise ass jock ,trying to make a name for himself by purpously acting like a tool to get attention,,,hoping to make some money out of the deal, before his questionable baseball career ends abruptly due to injury...cant blame a tool for that..

 
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