Saturday's Pool D World Baseball Classic game between Canada and Mexico saw plenty of aggressive play before devolving into an extended and ugly brawl in the ninth inning. After a number of hard slides and a collision at the plate involving Mexico's Karim Garcia, Arnold Leon threw two pitches at Canada's Rene Tosoni, sparking a bench-clearing fight between the teams.
Jeff Passan reported that there were dueling "CANADA" and "MEXICO" chants from the fans during the fight, which took several minutes to get under control. A fan threw something into the Canada dugout that was thrown back, and tempers flared again. Passan tweeted that players were understandably livid.
Several players were ejected, and the game was delayed for an extended period of time before order was restored. Unfortunately, when the players were ready to resume play (with Canada ahead 9-3 and the bases loaded), a fan threw a baseball onto the field, nearly hitting first-base coach Larry Walker and resulting in the home plate umpire speaking to the teams' coaches once again.
Walker, a proud Canadian, had no problem giving his opinion of the matter to the rowdy crowd.
Larry Walker is now taunting fans in the standing by puffing out the CANADA on his jersey.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 9, 2013
After the brawl, telling replays showed Los Angeles Dodgers player Luis Cruz of team Mexico encouraging his pitcher to throw at Tosoni.
Who says the World Baseball Classic is dull?