The Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks are not affiliated with any Major League Baseball club. The five-time Northern League champions were named Baseball America’s Independent Team of the Decade for the 1990s, though.
They may not be a top-flight baseball team, but the Redhawks sure are passionate about the game of baseball. Just ask Redhawks outfielder Brennan Metzger how much he loves America’s favorite pastime.
The 28-year-old ballplayer hails from San Diego, California. The San Francisco Giants drafted Metzger in the 22nd round of the 2012 MLB Draft, but his professional career never panned out.
He’s played for independent teams such as the Gary SouthShore Railcats and Sonoma Stompers before finding his way to Fargo, North Dakota this season.
During Monday night’s 4-3 win over the Chicago Dogs at Newman Outdoor Field, Metzger was called out on a third strike, and he didn’t like the call one bit.
Redhawks manager Michael Schlact tried holding him back, but to no avail.
What follows is one of the most epic meltdowns in baseball history.
It’s difficult to hear, but Metzger slams down the trash can, turns to the home plate umpire and proclaims, “Go to your home!”
Metzger was ejected from the game, but I don’t think he seemed to mind it at all.
No one is topping this hilarious meltdown for a long time.
In the 70 games he’s played this season, Metzger has been one of the Redhawks best hitters — his .311 average is third for the club, and his 8 home runs and 36 RBIs are both top five on the team.
At 42-31, the Redhawks are trail by only 0.5 a game in the North Division with one month left to play in the season. Should they win another division title, it will be their 14th division championship since 1996.
The American Association of Independent Professional Baseball doesn’t get a lot of attention, but Metzger just delivered one of the most epic baseball meltdowns of all time.
Move over, Lloyd McClendon. There’s a new sheriff in town.