March 9, 2013
When players stand on the baselines before games in the World Baseball Classic, they hold caps from their countries to exchange with members of the other team. That spirit of good will crumbled Saturday under a tangled pile of players from Canada and Mexico.
The unusual rules of this tournament sparked a bench-clearing brawl in the ninth inning of Canada’s 10-3 victory. With a six-run lead, Canada’s Chris Robinson led off the inning with a bunt single. Arnold Leon, the pitcher for Mexico, then drilled Rene Tosoni in the back with a pitch.
Chaos followed. Players threw punches. Tyson Gillies, an outfielder for Canada, flung the Mexican pitcher Alfredo Aceves to the dirt. A fan fired a water bottle off the face of Denis Boucher, a coach for Canada. Seven players were ejected, and tournament officials were considering further discipline.
“There’s a point when you’ve got to stand up for yourself,” Canada’s Justin Morneau said. “We got hit for playing the game.”
But they were playing it by adhering to a format in which run differential is used as a tiebreaker for advancing to the next round. Canada was denied the chance to advance in 2006 because of run differential, and Manager Ernie Whitt said he did not approve of the format. Players are not conditioned to concentrate on run differential.
“They need to take a look at that,” Whitt said. “All the managers and coaches were informed of that at our technical meeting. We have talked to our players — we are playing every inning as if it’s 0-0. Our players know it. We assumed all the other players knew it, too.”
Mexico’s third baseman, Luis Cruz, pointed to his body and then gestured toward the Canadians’ side of the field after picking up the bunt. Manager Rick Renteria said he doubted Cruz was telling Leon to hit Tosoni, but Renteria did not make any of his players available to reporters.
“It was just, simply, a misunderstanding,” Renteria said. “In a normal, professional setting, a 9-3 bunt would be out of the ordinary. But based on the rules established in this tournament — the run differential, and it was talked about before — those things may occur. I think in the heat of the moment, you lose sight of it.”
The crowd here was largely pro-Mexico, and after Boucher was hit with the water bottle, a Canadian player, Cale Iorg, angrily fired the bottle back into the stands. After play resumed, a ball thrown from the stands nearly struck Larry Walker, the Canadian first-base coach. Walker turned to the fans, defiantly, and displayed the word “Canada” on his jersey, as a college basketball player would do.
Baseball, naturally, would rather promote on-field competition than on-field fighting. But the incident added some sizzle to a tournament still trying to catch on with United States fans, who naturally wonder what to make of an event for which so many stars — Justin Verlander, Mike Trout, Prince Fielder and many others — decline to participate.
Commissioner Bud Selig stopped short of pushing for mandatory participation, pointing to the talent on the United States roster, which includes three former most valuable players. Shortstop Jimmy Rollins, one of the former M.V.P.s, said winning would make a big difference.
“It’s like the Army — you go and volunteer and you sign up,” Rollins said. “Some people can’t do it even though they want to. But if we win, that will definitely change things. They’ll be excited at defending the championship as opposed to going out there and hoping to win.”
The United States has not reached a final of the tournament, which was won by Japan in 2006 and 2009. After losing to Mexico on Friday, 5-2, behind an erratic R. A. Dickey, the Americans’ overall record in the event was just 7-8. The United States faced Italy late Saturday, with Italy having already earned a berth in the next round with victories over Mexico and Canada.
Italy’s lineup Friday began with three Americans of Italian descent: Nick Punto, Chris Denorfia and Anthony Rizzo. But the cleanup hitter, Alex Liddi of the Seattle Mariners, is from San Remo, Italy, and native Italians started at three other positions.
“I love all my players,” Manager Marco Mazzieri said. “We got a great coaching staff and we knew we were going to do well. How well? We couldn’t tell. But we prepared to do well, and actually, these guys just executed and it couldn’t be any more perfect.”
Mike Piazza, a decorated former catcher for the Dodgers and the Mets, is a coach for Italy, as he was in 2009. He also played for Italy in the first W.B.C. and said he believed the game was growing in the country.
“I believe it’s sellable,” Piazza said. “I think there’s a great potential for even more growth. We can produce players over there, I’m convinced of it.”
Selig, 78, said the notion of starting a regular season in Europe no longer seemed far-fetched. He spoke in abstract terms about a “real World Series” and said he would probably not live to see it. The W.B.C., he said, is the essential vehicle for wherever the game is going.
“If we do it right,” Selig said, “you won’t recognize the sport in a decade.”
Arnold Leon was born on September 6th, 1988 according to http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/_/id/29478/arnold-leon
September 6th, 1988
9 + 6 +1+9+8+8 = 41 = his life lesson = Unwanted contact. Things get ugly.
September 6th, 1988
9 + 6 = 15 = his core number = Transgression.
September 6th, 1988
6 +1+9+8+8 = 32 = his “secret” number = Fighting. Baseball.
September 6th, 1988
9 + 6 +2+0+1+2 = 20 = his personal year (from September 6th, 2012 to September 5th, 2013) = Penalty. Umpires.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
195634 3565 47
his path of destiny = 47 = Everybody knows his name. Legacy.
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