Walker turned toward the stands and popped the “Canada” on the front of his jersey.
“That’s when I went out to the umpire and I said if another thing comes out, we’re going to pull our team off the field,” Whitt said.
Fans were warned repeatedly over the public address system to mind their manners or the game would result in forfeit.
Seven players were ejected and could receive suspensions. They were Tosoni, Pete Orr and Jay Johnson for Canada, and Leon, Alfredo Aceves, Oliver Perez and Eduardo Arredondo for Mexico.
Any suspensions to Canada could directly impact them Sunday when they face the United States in a showdown that could determine which team joins Italy in advancing to the second round in Miami.
It’s too late to change the rules now, but Whitt would like to see the tournament find a way to settle ties.
“There’s got to be another method other than scoring runs, running up the score on the opposing team,” Whitt said. “There’s professionalism we’re all accustomed to here in North America and, unfortunately, teams are knocked out of the tournament because other teams run up the score on them.”
Mexico manager Rick Renteria didn’t disagree.
“It was, just simply I think, a misunderstanding,” Renteria said. “In a normal setting, I should say, a 9-3 bunt in that particular situation would be kind of out of the ordinary. But, based on the rules that have been established in this tournament, the run differentials and things of that nature, ti was talked about before, that those things may occur. And I think in the heat of the moment, you lose sight of it and maybe that’s how it occurred.”
• Team USA lost to Mexico 5-2 in their WBC opener on Friday.
The defeat, coupled with Canada’s victory over Mexico on Saturday, left the United States needing a win against Canada on Sunday to advance to the second round in Miami.
The Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton hit two long drives that were caught on the warning track. Marlins closer Steve Cishek worked his way out of second-and-third jam with one out without allowing a run to score.