Anyway, I wrote this earlier but didn't hit submit because I had some time to kill.
There are situations, in most games, where I like to see the better players take matters into their own hands. That is not walking. I respect plate discipline, batting eye, patience and whatever else is required to lay off a pitch that you think you can hit but would prefer to take a chance on getting a better one. However, when I have a .300 hitter at the plate and a .240 guy on deck, I want the guy to give a little on what he'll hack at.
I made some assumptions, in part because I find it funny that some of you will defend EM harder than you'd defend your 13 y/o sister's virginity, based on walk/K rates and the limited number of times I saw EM bat. He struck me as a guy who wouldn't budge from "his" strike zone regardless of the circumstances. He's not the only guy who's ever done it(I'm looking at you Frank Thomas) but it does annoy me. Based on who hit behind him most of his career, it seems that SEA would have been better served if he swung a bit more. Maybe he fails every time. Maybe he doesn't. Hell, the 100ish AB or so that I saw may have been abnormal and maybe he did.
But that's been the point. Better players need to win games sometimes while the other guys play the odds. Well, that and it amuses me to stir the EM for HOF guys up. The game isn't always played on a stat sheet.