On Saturday, I was watching the World Baseball Classic game between Canada and Mexico and all hell broke loose.
Canada had a 9-3 lead in the top of the 9th when catcher Chris Robinson bunted for a leadoff single. Now bunting with a six run lead in MLB is severely frowned upon. However, under WBC rules, the number of runs scored can determine a team advances to a successive round. Apparently Team Mexico didn't know this or at the very least third baseman Luis Cruz didn't get the memo. He signalled to pitcher Arnold Leon to throw at Rene Tosoni. Home plate umpire Brian Gorman issued a warning which Leon proceeded to ignore.
In all seven players were ejected from the proceedings including Boston Red Sox pitcher Alfredo Aceves. To make matters worse, Team Mexico fans began to throw debris on the field including a water bottle which hit Canadian pitching coach Dennis Boucher's face. This nearly resulted in Mexico forfeiting the game. But order was restored and Canada won the game 10-3 and following Team USA's victory over Italy, Mexico was officially eliminated from the tournament.
Canada and the United States will play tomorrow afternoon to determine which team advances to the second round in Miami along with Italy who upset Mexico earlier this week.