One of the Italian pitchers in the game, Jason Grilli, does play for the Colorado Rockies. But the Canadian roster is stocked with major league all-stars such as Justin Morneau and Jason Bay, making the outcome a surprise internationally.
Canadian twitterers are a bit edgy about the loss.
@immy925 (Canada): the world baseball classic!! we weren't supposed to lose THIS early!
@PeterKash (Toronto, Ontario): I can't believe Canada lost 6-2 to Italy of all teams in the World Baseball Classic. I didn't even know Italians played baseball!!! lol haha
@Obiwankenobie (Hamilton, Ontario): The sports scene is as dreary as the weather! Canadian baseball team blown away by Italy, Maple laffs lose to Sens....going back to bed..
@MCBodyknock (Toronto, Ontario): So Canada Cannot play baseball what so ever. Good to know. Hopefully the next time we play Italy in soccer, we can do the same thing?
@mspratt (Undisclosed): crying about Canada's untimely demise the world baseball classic