I guest everybody forgot about NAFTA during a match in the WBC between Canada and Mexico yesterday. After Rene Tosoni was hit by a pitch both benches cleared, words were exchanged, and then punches were thrown. The incident seemed to stem from the Canadian team trying to get more runs in the 9th inning, which is beneficial to them as runs are calculated into the tie-breaking equation. What’s more interesting is that World Baseball Classic Inc. didn’t discipline anyone after the event claiming:
“Because at least one club — and potentially both — will not advance to the second round, WBCI has determined that disciplinary measures would not have a meaningful corrective impact,” the statement read. “Thus, discipline will not be imposed beyond today’s seven game ejections.”
Interesting side notes from the brawl is that there were multiple interactions between the Canadian team and the pro-Mexico crowd, including water bottles being thrown both ways and a fan throw a ball at a first base coach. A classic basebrawl!