A very violent misunderstanding.
While some players tried to hold back teammates, others tumbled to the ground in hand-to-hand combat with opposing players.
When Canada returned to the dugout, someone in the largely pro-Mexican crowd hurled a full water bottle that hit pitching coach Denis Boucher in the head. Canadian shortstop Cale Iorg grabbed the bottle and angrily threw it back in the stands. When play resumed, someone threw a ball from the crowd that almost hit Canada first base coach Larry Walker in the head.
That’s when Whitt went to home plate umpire Brian Gorman and said if anything else is thrown at them from the crowd, he was pulling his players off the field. Several people in the crowd were escorted away by security personnel.
Robinson, who played for Baltimore’s Triple-A club in Norfolk last season, was in the center of the intensity all afternoon. First, there was a home plate crash with Karim Garcia, who was out trying to score from second. Then Robinson’s hard slide into second broke up a double play and allowed a run to score in the eighth. Finally, there was the bunt.
“The sad thing about the whole thing is we had a lot of great performances that were overshadowed by this incident,” Whitt said. “And you look at the pitching of (Chris) Leroux and (Andrew) Albers and (Trystan) Magnuson, you look at the offense that we put out there with (Justin) Morneau and (Mike) Saunders. I mean, unfortunately, that was overshadowed by an ugly incident.”
“We’re not here to lose,” Renteria said. “If you would say that that’s a failure, well, we were here to win and we didn’t. So, yeah, you can take it as a failure.”
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