He might have missed with the third pitch as well had Tosoni, perhaps tired of dancing, not just turned his back and taken it.
And where were the managers? Mexico's Rich Renteria said after the game the incident was a "misunderstanding" and lamented that he had perhaps not explained the rules of the tournament well enough to his team.
But was it not obvious to him after the first pitch what was going on? How about taking control of the situation and his team right then? Or after the second pitch?
Ernie Whitt, Canada's manager, could have stepped in, too.
But if home plate umpire Brian Gorman had done his job better, the situation would not have been left to fired-up players and absent-minded managers.
Gorman surely recognized that Leon was looking for payback. When the first pitch was way inside and players exchanged harsh words, he should have stopped play right then and there, called both managers onto the field for a conference, and ordered Renteria to admonish his pitcher -- or else.
Gorman did issue a warning to both dugouts after the second pitch, but his point wasn't made strongly enough.
And sadly, tournament officials, given video to study and time to ponder, were even weaker than that with their statement Sunday morning.