Mexico-Canada fight after 9th-inning bunt; Larry Walker saw Satan (Video)

Mexico and Canada got into a big fight during the ninth inning of Canada’s 10-3 victory in Pool D play of the World Baseball Classic Saturday at Chase Field in Arizona.

The benches-clearing brawl resulted in eight ejections. The fight began after Canada catcher Chris Robinson bunted for a base hit with his team up 9-3 in the ninth. Mexico third baseman Luis Cruz felt Canada bunting with a six-run lead was disrespectful, so he encouraged pitcher Arnold Leon to hit the next batter.

In the video below, you can see Cruz make a gesture that appears to instruct Leon to hit the next batter:

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Outrage over Greg Schiano, Buccaneers’ actions on kneel down is ridiculous

The Giants and others in the media are complaining about the Buccaneers’ behavior on the last play of Sunday’s game, and I’m not really sure why.

The Bucs were down 41-34 and had just given the ball to the Giants after an interception by Josh Freeman. Sure they were upset about blowing a 27-13 lead and then turning the ball over in the final minute, but the game wasn’t over when they supposedly breached an unwritten rule by leveling Eli Manning and some offensive linemen while trying to cause a fumble in a desperate attempt to get back in the game.

Now this may be a dumb question, but … please tell me why, after competing for 59 minutes and 55 seconds, should the Buccaneers have stopped trying with five seconds left? The game was not over. The whistles hadn’t blown. There were still five seconds left and the Giants still needed to run one more play.

You think it’s that simple to snap a ball and take a knee before the defense gets to you? I suppose you’re the kind of person who doesn’t find it necessary to putt from three feet away. Why should NFL teams give their opponents gimme putts without making them hole-out? They shouldn’t because getting off a snap and kneel down still requires some blocking and a clean exchange from the center to the quarterback. And that’s why the Bucs were still trying hard on the last snap.

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Cubs were upset with Nationals for playing hard while up by 5

It was understandable why the Cubs were frustrated after being pounded by the Nationals for four straight games this week, but their reason for starting two fights on Thursday made little sense.

The Cubs were on their way to getting swept in the four-game series (they were outscored 31-9), when they decided to pick a fight with the Nats. Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa both stole second for the Nats in the 5th when the team was up 7-2. The score was the same when Jayson Werth took a big cut at a 3-0 curveball later in the inning. That apparently was poor form in the eyes of the Cubs, so bench coach Jamie Quirk began calling out Nats third base coach Bo Porter, sparking the first of two bench-clearing scuffles.

“Here we are in the fifth inning, we’re in a pennant race, we’re going to swing 3-0, we’re going to do everything,” Nats manager Davey Johnson said, per The Washington Post. “We ain’t stopping trying to score runs. Certainly, a five-run lead at that time is nothing. I think it was the bench coach’s frustration in us handing it to them for a couple days. If they want to quit competing and forfeit, then fine. But we’re going to keep competing.”

The Nats pointed out that they blew a 9-0 lead to the Braves in July. Why should they stop trying when they’re up 7-2 with four innings left? Their logic makes complete sense while the Cubs’ doesn’t. Chicago apparently would like a rule put in place saying teams can no longer play hard when they’re up by 5-or-more runs.

Unless the Cubs are agreeing to call the game after four and a half innings and take a 7-2 loss, they shouldn’t say anything about the Nats continuing to try and win the game.

I’m really sick of the unwritten rules in baseball. It’s not like this was a D-I college powerhouse blowing out a D-III team 35-0 in the 8th and stealing bases, these are two Major League Baseball teams with paid professionals playing in a close game. There is no mercy, and teams shouldn’t ask for it. If there was a team that was wrong in the situation, it certainly was not the Nats. It was the Cubs.

Below is a video of the two fights:

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Baseball’s Unwritten Rules? Not Worth the Paper They’re Printed on

Do you remember the time that you first felt the whip of a switch across your backside for spoiling your appetite with junk food before dinner? That might have been mankind’s first encounter with the phenomenon known as the unwritten rule.

There is no document from the annals of Biblical history that suggests pre-meal Gobstoppers are verboten and will lead to 40 days of flooding. No gubernatorial missives prohibit an impromptu course of Funions as a misdemeanor. There is no contractual obligation that specifies at what time Ho Hos need to be eaten. But, at some point during the course of human being’s existence, we learned via negative reinforcement that the practice of consuming various hydrogenated tube-shaped snack cakes before consuming your tubers was generally not something done. Consider that the prepubescent equivalent of not stealing bases when up by seven runs or more.

Baseball is awash in regulations to the extent that hurling a rule book in someone’s direction can be construed as assault with a deadly weapon (which unsurprisingly may have been attempted in the past on numerous occasions). In a game of numbers it should come as no surprise that baseball has such an extensive set of laws that, had Alexander Cartwright known what has become of the seemingly simple game he invented, he might have just thrown up his hands and given competitive shuffleboard a try. There are rules to dictate the slope of the mound, the dimensions of the catcher’s mitt, and even a tutorial on how to wear a jock strap (ok I made the last one up, because my computer exploded trying to download the rule book).

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Rick Sutcliffe: A-Rod and Teixeira Stealing Signs and Helping Each Other?

One of the allegations against Alex Rodriguez to come out in the paparazzi-style book about him was that he would tip pitches to opponents late in games in hopes that they would return the favor. This was said to occur only in blowouts as a way to boost statistics. Well it appears as if A-Rod’s tipping ways are still in effect, just now he’s doing it to help his teammates. In a rare instance where a color analyst actually provided some excellent insight into a game, ESPN analyst Rick Sutcliffe may have picked up on something quite interesting during the Rangers/Yankees Wednesday night game.

Sutcliffe claims that in the first inning Alex Rodriguez used a verbal sign to indicate pitch location for Mark Teixeira while A-Rod was in the on-deck circle. Rangers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia gave his pitcher the sign early and set up inside before his pitcher began his windup. According to Sutcliffe, that gave A-Rod plenty of time to whistle to Teixeira, indicating that the catcher was setting up inside. Teixeira wound up turning on the pitch and launching it above the bleachers in left field, a pretty brilliant blast to be sure. When they got into the dugout after each player’s at-bat, the two sluggers appeared to flash the “O.K.” sign at each other as a way of saying “nice job, that worked perfectly.”

Now if you want to say that they weren’t setting each other up with help, you would argue that they were flashing the O.K. sign as a way to signify that the pitcher threw him a circle changeup (the circle changeup is held with an O.K. sign as a grip). Believe me, Tex didn’t bash a changeup so I’m not buying that one. Sutcliffe showed a whistling sound when they replayed the highlight and he was dead certain that A-Rod and Tex were in cahoots. If that’s the case, is that crossing the line or them just taking advantage of circumstance? I know opposing teams frown upon stealing signs like that, but it seems to me like Tex and A-Rod are doing a good job helping each other out. It also really would support the assertions in the book too. Besides, I have to admit, I’ve had third base coaches tip pitches or location to me using verbal cues when I played, so I won’t say this is playing dirty. I’m not sure how other teams will see it other than to say they’ll be more careful next time if they’re smart. Check out video of the Teixeira 2-run home run below:

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