WBC Brawl: A massive brawl broke out between Canada and Mexico during the WBC on Saturday.
A fight broke out between Canadian and Mexican players during the World Baseball Classic on Saturday afternoon.
The brawl nearly forced authorities to end the game in a forfeiture, USA Today reported.
Tensions were high toward the ninth inning as Team Mexico was losing 9-3 to Canada. Mexico pitcher Arnold Leon hit Canada outfielder Rene Tosoni in the back with a fastball when it was at bat. Apparently, Leon was mad after catcher Chris Robinson bunted, getting a single, the paper reported.
Leon and Tosoni then had a confrontation, with Mexico catcher Sebastian Vale trying to get between the two players.
Then both teams charged toward the mound and started swinging punches at one another. “This is not a baseball fight, this is a fistfight,” one of the announcers remarked.
Several police officers were then deployed to restore order.
“Easily a top-five baseball brawl. Easily,” tweeted Sports Illustrated baseball writer Joe Sheehan.
Leon, Oliver Perez, and Eduardo Arredondo of Mexico were ejected. And Tosoni, Pete Orr, and Jay Johnson of Canada were also ejected, reported The Associated Press.
Later, someone threw a bottle at Canada first base coach Larry Walker, which caused another stop to the game, reported USA Today.
Ultimately, Canada crushed Mexico 10-3.
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