Mar. 9, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Mexico players fight with Canada players in the ninth inning of the World Baseball Classic at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Luis Cruz's Hatred of Bunting Spurs Bench-Clearing Brawl Between Mexico and Canada

The World Baseball Classic has had some dramatic moments this year, but drama was at an all-time high on Saturday night when Mexico and Canada had a bench-clearing brawl in the ninth inning. Dodger third baseman Luis Cruz was in the center of the melee. Canada was leading the game by six runs at the time, and Chris Robinson bunted for a single to lead-off the inning in order to try to score as many runs as possible since there is a run-differential tiebreaking rule in the WBC. Luis Cruz fielded the bunted ball, and he was filmed telling Mexico relief pitcher Arnold Leon to “get him.” Leon proceeded to hit the next Canadian batter Rene Tosoni with a pitch in retaliation for Robinson’s bunt.

Tosoni walked toward the mound while yelling at Leon, and both benches quickly cleared which soon turned into a intense brawl. Adrian Gonzalez was quickly escorted away from the violent brawl. But Luis Cruz ended up in the middle of it all as he threw punches at opposing Canadian players. Seven players were ejected but Cruz was not one of them.

After the players began to return to their dugouts, the Canadian team and the Team Mexico fans began to exchange words. A fan threw a bottle out of the stands which hit Canadian coach Denis Boucher in the face. Shortstop Cale Lorg threw the bottle back into the stands.

Canada’s 10-3 victory now gives them a 1-1 record and Team Mexico falls to 1-2. If Team USA beats Italy Saturday night, Mexico will be eliminated. USA and Canada will clash on Sunday for the final spot in the second round. Italy has already become the first team to move on to the second round which will be played in Miami.

If Team Mexico is eliminated, Dodgers Adrian Gonzalez and Luis Cruz will return to Camelback Ranch in order to continue Spring Training.

It is unclear whether Luis Cruz will receive any disciplinary action or fine from the MLB for his involvement in the WBC brawl.

Do you think Cruz was justified in his call to retaliate?



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  • Ron Ramos

    Not one bit. Since points are used as a tie breaker in this format I can understand Canada wanting to continue getting on base. Why do you have to lay down if you have a lead? Mexico has played well there’s no reason to assume your lead is safe. He’s playing on a huge stage and not only representing The Dodgers but he’s got his country on his chest. It was a terrible display all the way around. No excuse for it or Javy Guerra’s little bitch fit on twitter.

    • LasordasLair

      I understand your point Ron, and I kind of agree with you. However I place blame on the WBC for this. Because if they didnt have the first round a roudn robin, then they wouldn’t have all of these stupid rules and tiebreakers in place. I guess they felt they wanted to make sure that the third game got played, but at what cost to the integrity of the tournament? The second round is a double elimination, which is how the first round should be. No stupid tiebreakers, ridiculous mercy rules, or bogus formulas. Just based on wins and losses like it should be. You win two, you move on, you ,lose two you go home. no crying, games get finished properly, and there is no reason to bunt with a seven run lead. Everyone is happy. Hopefully they fix this by the next one in 2017..

      • Quasimodo

        I kinda have to agree more towards Mr. Ramos. There was a time when the team with the best record in its league won the pennant…divisions and wild cards changed all that. but we’re all happy about that as none of us are happy about season ending. different story with WBC

  • Bud Selig

    HELL YEAH. canadian wuss bunting like schoolgirl, super weak.
    might be legal, but lame as fuck
    feel ya Cruz

  • AaronKnuckleCurve

    Cochito for President.