Canada, Mexico Come To Blows During World Baseball Classic

A simple misunderstanding led to this basebrawl between North American rivals.

1. It all started with a ball in the back, retaliation for the previous batter bunting with a six-run lead.

2. In fact, Mexico third baseman Luis Cruz called for the beaning after the bunt occurred.

Cruz interpreted the bunt as a display of poor sportsmanship by a team with a six-run lead, but in World Baseball Classic pool play, each team actually needs to score as many runs as possible, to avoid potential tiebreakers later on.

3. The benches then cleared almost immediately after the beaning.

4. Both teams started throwing punches in all directions.

5. There was even a little bit of wrestling.

6. A Mexican fan then threw a bottle at the Canadian players.

7. That prompted a retaliation from Canada’s Cale Iorg.

8. A fan from that same area was ejected a couple of minutes after play resumed.

9. Here’s the full sequence, which ultimately delayed the game about 10 minutes before play continued.

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