I had to come back because this really bothered me, being forced to swing at pitches that aren't strikes.
When do you swing, when the ball is three inches outside the plate or six inches outside the plate? The outside edge of the plate clearly wasn't his cutoff point, so what was it? How can the batter determine what's a strike and what's a ball if the homeplate umpire is making his own rules.
What was being done at that home plate, today, was not baseball.
Rob was saying the hitters should adjust, but that's bull. Willingham is not going to screw up his batting eye by swinging at bad pitches to please the fat stupid ump. He's going to take a ball if it's a darn ball.