I agree. I can't get over how many times I've heard Judge lauded for "working a walk." To me, "working a walk," is when you foul off a bunch of 2-strike pitches, and come back from being behind in the count. Not sitting there waiting for the pitcher to throw a strike before even thinking about swinging.I just wanted to say, with apologies for venting off topic, that I cannot BELIEVE how many stories about Game 4 describe the Yankees as making some kind of heroic, stirring effort in the bottom of the ninth (most recently, Coley Harvey of ESPN calling it "a daring comeback").
Kimbrel walked Judge and Voit on four straight pitches each. He hit Walker with the first pitch of his at-bat. That's three players who had first base literally handed to them.
Stanton, the Yankees' highest-paid player, struck out. (Had he been even a little bit patient, he would probably have walked too.)
Sanchez, who batted less than .200 during the regular season, flew out.
Torres grounded out feebly.
The history-making New York offense managed a grand total of one hit in the ninth: Gregorius's ground-ball single through the right side of the infield.
If the Yankees had a chance to win that game, it was because--and only because--Kimbrel nearly had a nervous breakdown on the mound. I know that everybody here knows that, but I needed to say it.