“Feel Bad for the Kid”: Fans Sympathize With 19-Year-Old Canadian Ace After Brutal Team USA Drubbing

Published 03/14/2023, 1:41 PM EDT

Playing at the World Baseball Classic is the experience of a lifetime. Many stars have had iconic performances or epic breakthroughs at this global tournament. This year’s edition has provided baseball fans with their fair share of drama, excitement, and action. Stars have performed, youngsters have proved their mettle and some players have faced difficult trials. 

This is the nature of the global stage, with many young players looking to represent their nations. Most recently, a Canadian teenager was distraught following a difficult outing against Team USA that led to his substitution.

Canadian pitching sensation Mitch Bratt was distraught after a difficult World Baseball Classic outing


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Team USA has looked good at the World Baseball Classic so far. They were particularly good in their most recent game against Canada. In the first inning, they smashed 4 runs off of Canadian teenager Mitch Bratt, leading to his substitution. The youngster looked devastated as he left the field following 1 incomplete inning of pitching. Fox Sports: MLB shared the moment of his substitution on Twitter, capturing the teenage prospect’s distraught look.

In the Tweet, Fox Sports: MLB said, “An emotional Mitch Bratt gets pulled from the game”. He was upset, having only thrown 25 pitches and gotten one batter out while giving up 4 runs. Bratt gave his best efforts, but Team USA’s batting lineup proved too strong. 

The video has drawn sympathetic and encouraging reactions from fans. They all believe that he gave his best and will have further opportunities to play for his country.

Some fans sympathized with him and showed compassion for Bratt’s difficult outing.

Others recognized his passion and said that he will grow into a great pitcher.


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Canada still has two games left in the tournament, giving Bratt ample opportunity to earn redemption. Furthermore, Canada may still qualify for the quarterfinals. A Nicaraguan pitcher earned an MLB contract after a fantastic outing, contrary to Bratt’s experience thus far. But there are games yet to be played. 

Team USA has bounced back from an embarrassing defeat

Team USA eventually beat Canada 12-1 building on a fantastic first inning against Mitch Bratt. They have established their dominance once again and will look to win their last qualifying game against Colombia. 


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It will be interesting to see how Team USA finishes against Colombia and whether Canada qualifies for the quarterfinals. What do you think of Mitch Bratt’s performance in his World Baseball Classic start against Team USA? Kindly share your opinion below!

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Pranay Mukherjee

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Pranay Mukherjee is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. On completing his Bachelor’s in Mass Communication, he followed his passion for writing and started working as a content writer. His passion for sports has led him to sports journalism.

Edited By: Deepika Bhaduri