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Larry Walker “saw Satan” in the eyes of Alfredo Aceves

Mar 9, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

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Canada defeated Mexico 10-3 in today’s World Baseball Classic Pool D match-up, but that wasn’t the most talked-about result from the game — it was the fracas that started in the ninth inning. With his team up six runs, Canada’s Chris Robinson led off the top-half of the inning with a bunt, which infuriated Mexico, thinking that the WBC operates under similar rules as Major League Baseball. However, where the WBC differs is that they use run differential in their tie-breaker, so all efforts to eke out that extra run, whether by bunting or stealing bases up by more runs than can be counted on one hand, are justifiable. Not knowing this, Mexico reliever Arnold Leon threw at Rene Tosoni with his first pitch of the next at-bat, causing both benches to empty and punches to be thrown.

Those involved in the brawl included Mexico’s Luis Cruz, Eduardo Arredondo and Alfredo Aceves, as well as Canada’s Tyson Gillies and Scott Mathieson. Canada first base coach Larry Walker was involved as well, and says he saw Satan in the eyes of his attacker.

Walker also had baseball’s best interest in mind, pulling Mexico star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez out of the gathering.

Walker had some other interesting thoughts on the brawl, saying that CBC hockey commentator Don Cherry “can’t wait” to put the baseball brawl on his Hockey Night in Canada program. He never was one for a dull moment.

  1. einjzmolf - Mar 9, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    el diablo chicken on a bed of alfredo alceves pasta

  2. chacochicken - Mar 9, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Damn, Larry, that is some serious melodrama. Were you almost killed?

    • jwbiii - Mar 9, 2013 at 8:44 PM

      It’s ok. He just spent too much time with the Monforts. Anyone opposed to you is obviously allied with Satan.

      • Old Gator - Mar 10, 2013 at 3:26 AM

        The biggest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing Larry Walker that he was Alfred Aceves.

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:02 PM

      After the ruckus, some dirt bag Mexican fan threw a baseball at Walker.

      • theskinsman - Mar 10, 2013 at 3:51 AM

        “fans” throwing objects at players should be paying a heavy price for it. Maybe the cops were afraid they’d get knifed in the parking lot after the game….

      • jwbiii - Mar 10, 2013 at 12:18 PM

        At least it wasn’t a urine balloon. Mexican baseball fans may be an unruly lot, but they’re not as bad as their futbol fans.

      • scoocha - Mar 10, 2013 at 12:42 PM

        Dirtbag and Mexican baseball fan, isn’t that an oxymoron?

      • jwbiii - Mar 10, 2013 at 11:52 PM

        Oxymoron. I do not think you know what that word means.

    • fanofevilempire - Mar 10, 2013 at 7:50 AM

      maybe Larry will call George Bush and have Mexico and Alfredo added to the axis of evil.

      • jimeejohnson - Mar 10, 2013 at 11:17 AM

        Bush is too busy organizing the comic books that his Presidential Library is dedicated to.

      • scoocha - Mar 10, 2013 at 12:44 PM

        I’d prefer targeting Aceves with a predator drone instead.

  3. historiophiliac - Mar 9, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Meh. We’re funnier.

    • indaburg - Mar 9, 2013 at 8:43 PM

      Logan Morrison’s tweet made me laugh:

      “I thought Mexico would have come better prepared. #shanks 
      @RNolasco47”

      • historiophiliac - Mar 9, 2013 at 8:54 PM

        Also funnier than Walker.

      • Old Gator - Mar 10, 2013 at 3:27 AM

        Tweeter’s at-bats with RISP are even funnier.

  4. stairwayto7 - Mar 9, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Get them Sherriff Joe!

  5. jayquintana - Mar 9, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Okay, where’s the punchline? Aceves seems hot headed and a little unstable, but… satanic?

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 9, 2013 at 8:42 PM

      Larry Walker has never lied to me! The Mexican hot heads started this and the hockey players ended it. Throwing at a hitter just because the previous guy bunted is assinine and dangerous.

      • psuravens19 - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:47 PM

        Obviously you’re a little (or a lot) bias, but I agree with you.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:05 PM

        Of course I am biased. Thank you for your kind comment.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:59 PM

        Amen. I’ve always said – Canada is our brother. And like a brother, you’ll hear more flack from the U.S. then anyone else (and vice versa). But if someone else fucks with you – all I’ll say is “That’s my brother, and you better back off!!!”

        And in the fact that Mexico was totally in he wrong, and this is a no brainer

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:04 PM

        Thank you!

      • joegolfer - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:50 PM

        Agreed that it was assinine of Mexico to throw at that hitter, especially after having just been warned after throwing inside intentionally.
        That said, it was retaliation for far more than just a bunt while already having a big lead late in the game. During the game, the Canadian runners had repeatedly used some extremely late slides into second base on double plays.
        Attempts to break up double plays are legit, but these slides were REALLY late and could have seriously injured Mexico’s 2Bman or SS on their relay throw to first base.
        There was also another play at the plate in which the runner collided with the catcher, who could have been injured on the play.
        Thus, there was already a lot of bad blood flowing prior to that bunt ever occurring.
        No, I’m not saying it is an excuse for throwing at the batter. I’m just noting that there was a lot more going on in this game than just a bunt in the late innings.
        This article seems to make it seem like that was the case, but they left a ton out of stuff that happened prior. MLB.com has a video clip of several incidents that lead up to the brawl.

      • scoocha - Mar 10, 2013 at 12:48 PM

        @joegolfer
        I could agree with the HBP if this was MLB, but Canada had to make sure it scored as many runs as possible due to tiebreaker rules. So bunting, etc. is still on the table in the WBC in this situation. Maybe looking at the rules first would be a good idea before commenting.

    • tuberippin - Mar 10, 2013 at 3:53 AM

      So Canada is “our brother”, but Mexico isn’t?

      ….

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Mar 10, 2013 at 8:00 AM

        Yes :)

        And before we go down “that” road, I have nothing at all against Mexico, or their hard working wonderful people

  6. randygnyc - Mar 9, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    I really want to hear more from walker. I have wrestled on a world class level and I have seen such things before. It’s even more prevalent in MMA fighters.

    • drewzducks - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:04 PM

      Are we talkin Iron Sheik or George the Animal Steele ?

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:05 PM

      You are savage Randy!

    • badintent - Mar 9, 2013 at 11:31 PM

      Don’t worry. Dan Brown is hard at work on his new book/movie script,”Devils and Pope -a -dope”/ The Conclave has a secert naked wrestling match to decide who becomes the next pope. And the Illuminate infiltrate the conclave , (the bulter did it ) , Rome is theaten with a huge Bunga Bunga orge with Silvio and Donald Trump fighting it out for who gets to be have the next Celebrity Apprentice wtih Snookie and her binge drinking.

  7. tfbuckfutter - Mar 9, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    It was ok though….Aceves was throwing punches underhand because of a miscommunication.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 9, 2013 at 8:55 PM

      Sure, blame T-Mobile. It’s always the pink phone that’s the problem, right?

  8. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Not knowing this, Mexico reliever Arnold Leon threw at Rene Tosoni with his first pitch of the next at-bat,

    Bill, is this true? The following linked video shows the count 1-0, then Leon throws inside which Tosoni objects to. The ump comes out to warn both teams, and then the following pitch his Tosoni.

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:43 PM

      All three pitches were rather inside.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:05 PM

        I was unable to watch the game, but the recap posted above (and what others have said on twitter), you might infer that Tosoni was a bit hot headed. But after seeing the linked vid above, you can understand why he’d be pissed when they kept throwing at him intentionally.

  9. thebadguyswon - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Ah….WBC where hyperbole lives forever.

  10. 4d3fect - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    I don’t suppose Walker could simply have said “Aceves looked really, really angry out there on the field.”?

    -Naw.

  11. glennsyank13 - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    How cheesy are baseball fights….

    • Bryz - Mar 9, 2013 at 11:20 PM

      Well, the guy’s name is Alfredo…

      • jimeejohnson - Mar 10, 2013 at 11:23 AM

        He’s got the brains of fettuccine. Red Sox fans calling for the team to get rid of him. Satan would fit in well with the Evil Empire. Plenty of good Mexican food in the Bronx. Aceves could hold Mariano’s jockstrap…whadaya mean, “no he couldn’t?”

  12. ziplock10 - Mar 10, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    When you play a game against below civil players, that is what you get. Canada should have followed the show with 2 to 3 bean balls. Show the laborers whose boss.

    What is sad is the Mexican team was so inept, they couldn’t hit a batter with 1 pitch. It was their fault! They couldn’t even man up on the sandlot!!!

    WHAT A JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • dmq13 - Mar 10, 2013 at 3:25 AM

      Well, we now know the username for the grand wizard….

    • jimeejohnson - Mar 10, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      You must be one of the local Arizona white trailer trash. Canadians invented the day laborer called woodsmen. Mexicans do the jobs lazy white trash refuse to do. Lazy white trash sits home collecting benefits, drinking cheap beer, and eating Mexican food!

  13. dirtyharry1971 - Mar 10, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    I know something Larry never saw, thats a World Series ring which is something the bluejays won’t be seeing this year either. Gotta love the canada fans on this one, acting as if the WBC even matters, any “true” baseball fan i personal know which is quite a few couldnt even be bothered with this and actually hopes nobody from their favorite team even plays in this thing. End it already!! Need proof? Check the ratings, end of story

    • louhudson23 - Mar 10, 2013 at 5:22 AM

      You really are fool,aren’t you?

      • cshearing - Mar 10, 2013 at 8:42 AM

        He is. Just leave him alone in the corner; works out better for all.

      • cur68 - Mar 10, 2013 at 2:03 PM

        Well, i like to think of him of a chimp at the Bronx Zoo. He’s the one they can’t rehabilitate and have to keep a long way off from the paying customers. He’s a poo-flinger, see? What’s more, his limited grasp of personal hygiene means he doesn’t wash his hands after flinging so any “grooming” or tooth picking he does…well the results are pretty bad. This is a family blog, so I shan’t elaborate. Just don’t be down wind of him or in range.

  14. Jack Marshall - Mar 10, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Hey, don’t worry about A-Gon. If he gets hurt, he’ll just smile, collect his salary and explain that it’s all God’s will. He just may be the sluggingest slug of all time.

    Best Trade Ever.

    • jimeejohnson - Mar 10, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      Unloading cheap beer Beckett at the same time put that trade over the top.

  15. anxovies - Mar 10, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    “I saw Satan in his eyes.”

    I know that look. I have two ex-wives.

  16. 13arod - Mar 10, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    I bet you canda and usa are going to fight today no joke

  17. oldpaddy - Mar 10, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    I know I’m in the minority, but I love aceves!
    The sox could use more players like him. When was the last sox pitcher who instilled fear into anything other than a chicken?
    Keep up the good work, Aceves!

  18. pisano - Mar 10, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Something happened to Aceves when he went to Boston, ( maybe Bobby Valentine ) when he was a Yankee he was a perfect gentleman. I guess going to Boston can ruin anyone’s life.

  19. deathmonkey41 - Mar 10, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    The Red Sox need Tim Tebow to balance it out!

  20. bigbadballs - Mar 10, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    I saw angels in the eyes of his twin brother marinara

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