Holy shitballs! I know that stuff like Jussell Martin and Ryan Dempster and half of the available Americans opting out of this year’s version of the Global Honkbal Superlative might make it seem like players don’t really care so much for the tournament, but… uh… tell that to the players for Canada and Mexico. In the top of the ninth inning of today’s tournament-continuing Canadian victory, the two national sides engaged in a thoroughly fucking crazy brawl, at least by baseball standards– and… well… by a lot of standards.
The seeds of it were planted earlier in the game, with a late slide to break up a double play, and a collision at home plate, but what really set things off was Canada’s catcher Chris Robinson (who was involved in both those incidents as well) bunting for a hit in the ninth inning with his country already up 9-3. Mexico third baseman Luis Cruz, who fielded Robinson’s bunt and apparently doesn’t know the damn rules*, motioned to pitcher Arnold Leon to hit the next batter, and after a couple failed tries (and a warning from the home plate umpire) he did, plunking outfielder Rene Tosoni. Assorted GIFs and pictures of what happened next below…
Cruz instructs his pitcher (via SB Nation)
Things get intense (via @cjzero)
A terrific view from the stands.
Canada pitching coach Denis Boucher gets hit by a bottle thrown from the stands, inciting taunts from the Canadian players (via @MetsKevin11).
Tyson Gillies not necessarily doing his country proud in a tussle with Alfredo Aceves (via @dhm).
Eduardo Arredondo and Jay Johnson doing some old fashioned rasslin’ (via @MetsKevin11)
The tension spilled into the stands as well, with shots of fans being ejected after fighting with each other later in the broadcast. Aaand, it turns out there are suspensions for Canada… maybe?
— Richard Griffin (@RGriffinStar) March 10, 2013
The guys on the TV broadcast were saying something about suspended players not being able to return for the tournament, so that could hurt Canada’s chances. I have no idea at this point– I actually have no idea if these are the suspensions or just ejections, as no one else seems to be saying it. More importantly: basebrawl!!!
* If Italy beats the USA and then the US beats Canada there will be a three way tie for second, broken by “Team Quality Balance,” which is based on earned runs scored/allowed, so Canada was completely right to be playing to score more.