Members of Team Mexico and Team Canada were involved in a brawl at the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
Minnesota Twins player Justin Morneau, who is playing for Team Canada, was involved with the massive brawl that took place on March 9. The brawl resulted in seven players getting ejected and fans throwing at least two bottles.
It was initiated when pitcher Arnold Leon threw inside twice at Rene Tosoni. He was given a warning by home-plate umpire Brian Gorman. Leon then hit Tosoni in the left shoulder with the next pitch.
Mexico third baseman Luis Cruz was caught on television camera gesturing to Leon to hit Tosoni. Fights ensued with players racing off the benches to intervene.
Fans also managed to get involved with the brawl by throwing bottles from the stands. Pitching Coach Denis Boucher was hit by a water bottle that was thrown from the crowd, according to an article in USAToday. Cole of Team Canada responded by throwing the bottle back into the stands.
Gorman warned Team Mexico and their fans that any more incidents would result in a forfeit. The game continued on without any more incidents, and Team Canada took the win with 10-3 over Mexico.
Players and coaching staff had their own opinions of the situation.
“It all could’ve been avoided with a change in the tie breaking procedures” said Team Canada manager Ernie Whitt to USAToday.
“Whoever says that guys are just here as an extra spring training game or just here to say they represented their country and then go home, Canadian first baseman Justin Morneau said, didn’t see how intense that game was.” (Via USAToday)