GOODYEAR, Arizona - The World Baseball Classic game between Canada and Mexico went from a baseball game to a hockey game in the ninth inning.
Canada won the game 10-3, but the full-scale free-for-all on the field ended in a tie.
The bench emptying brawl reportedly occurred when one of the players from Mexico told one of the Canadian ballplayers that he smelled kind of like a moose.
The player from Canada responded by asking how the player from Mexico had managed to climb over the border fence without messing up his baseball cleats.
And that started the baseball melee. As the red shirted team from north of the border fought with the red, green, and white shirted team from south of the border the umpires simply went off to the side and took a break.
Hercules Confetti with Sporting Chance Magazine said that the umps bought some popcorn and Cracker Jacks, along with some Diet Dr. Peppers.
A fan yelled out to them asking if they were going to break up the fight. One of the umps yelled back "Are you stupid or what? You wanna stop it, you get your butt over there and stop it."
About 45 minutes later the managers and coaches calmed every one down. The umps threw their popcorn buckets, Cracker Jacks boxes, and empty Dr. Pepper bottles in the trash receptacles and proceeded to sort things out.
After they finished they ejected 11 Canadian players and 13 Mexican players. They told them to leave the premises and instructed them that they would not be allowed to enter the locker rooms so they would have to wait and shower when they return to their hotel rooms.
One of the Canadian players identified as Lars Yukonovich asked if they could at least wipe off some of the dirt with a washcloth. He was told that if he or any other player was seen with a washcloth that a $900 fine would be levied on the player or players.
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