First, let me direct you to Roberto over at Vin Scully is my Homeboy. He did his post first and probably better than I will.
I know some people will agree and others will take the opposite stance but I see no way in which Mexico was right. First attempt, ok he missed inside, whatever. Second? All right, it's obvious now and everyone's been warned. Then to actually continue? Well, at least he stuck to his guns I guess.
I'm having a hard time believing that was really called for. It's a short tournament and there's incentives for scoring as many runs as you can. Plus, it's already controversial about teams allowing their best players to participate in the WBC as it is. I can only imagine how many GMs are watching this now and shitting themselves over the possibility that their MVP could be the recipient of a retaliatory HBP or tear up their knee in a resulting fight.
Mexico was wrong. Flat out. That's my thought. The only thing I'm not agreeing on Canada with was them redirecting and responding to the fans afterwards.
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