Getting on base by any means necessary is usually what you want to do as a hitter. Walk, base hit, hit-by-pitch, or any number of other methods of reaching first base is the name of the game -- usually. But have you ever seen a player trying to talk his way out of having to go down to first base after a pitch grazed his body?
That's what Nelson Cruz did in the sixth inning of the Mariners' 6-4 win over the Twins on Wednesday night. With one out and runners on the corners, Cruz and his trusty #Boomstick obviously sensed a prime chance to drive in some runs -- so when a pitch from Buddy Boshers lightly scraped his elbow guard, Cruz seemingly tried to argue with Greg Gibson against the HBP, as if to say, "Can I just stay in the box and try to hit instead?"
Sorry, Nelson, that's not how the rules work. But nice try nonetheless!