Canada needed to win and Mexico couldn't afford to lose as pressure-packed WBC baseball boiled over into an on-field fight.
In a must-win game, David Wright and Team USA bounced back against Italy to force a Sunday showdown against Canada.
Losing to Mexico puts the U.S. team in mathematical bind whose best solution is to win, win again and hope.
Not to worry that some of America's best players aren't on Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. Joe Torre's group taking the field this weekend looks just fine without them.
Say what you want about the WBC, but Italy's comeback win against Mexico showed why it sure beats spring training games.
The Golden Baseball League epitomizes the wackiness of the independent leagues.