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Oh yes, there was a fight. And Aceves most definitely got in on the action.
Because there must be a scapegoat in the momentous brawl between Mexico and Canada, the instigator, reliever Arnold Leon, was given the dubious honor.
Truthfully, there are positives and negatives to be taken away from the on-the-field (and off-the-field) skirmish between the two teams.
First, the bad: This is not the example of a global sport the WBC committee wants to promote, especially on this large stage that is supposed to be unifying cultures together through the wonderful game of baseball.
Now, the good: While the WBC is still attempting to sell itself to baseball fans around the world and has been waiting to be accepted as legitimate competition, the tournament may have gotten it with this brawl.
As Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports explains:
But for all of the people who consider the tournament a glorified exhibition, it at least showed the seriousness with which the participants take it. When selling something new to the masses, as baseball continues to try with the WBC, the genuineness of the players matters.
We saw real raw emotion. The players cared, which made us as fans care too.
And to put the cherry on top, it was a great game (albeit the final score, 10-3, does not reflect it).
An inciting moment (Canada's Chris Robinson's bunt single in the top of the ninth), a brawl featuring countless haymakers and dangerous fan involvement and some serious welts on Alfredo Aceves' head all make for a fun, yet unconventional, day at the ballpark.
Let's hope the rest of the tournament will live up to the excitement.