Independent League baseball games are kind of known for being out-of-the-ordinary. That is a large part the appeal, to be honest. In a recent Indy League game, something memorable happened featuring Brennan Metzger, an outfielder for the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks of the American Association and the home plate umpire, Mike Jarboe. Let’s watch:
Okay, so we have to break this down.
First and foremost, was it a bad call?
This angle isn’t the best and I just totally guessed where the strike zone is, but the call does not really look that bad. In fact, it looks like a well-placed pitch.
This is an NBA-caliber block out by the manager
It helps that he has about a foot of a height advantage.
Seriously though, who is this manager and how tall is he?
His name is Michael Schlact. He was a pitcher and was drafted by the Rangers in the third round of the 2004 draft. He is six feet and seven inches tall. He has been the Redhawks manager since September 7, 2017.
This guy’s confused look
Everyone looks pretty confused, but this guy’s reaction might be my favorite.
That run with the trash can, though...
At what point do you think he realized that the trash can was heavy and the distance to home plate was farther than he realized? I think it was about....
Maybe his rage fueled him, though.
“Get in your home!”
Or something like that... It is faintly audible on the video. Personally, I think the statement would have been stronger if he had not said anything after he placed the garbage can behind home plate.
The guy on deck, the bat boy, and the photographer are losing it and it is perfect.
And finally, the trash can’s return to the dugout by this hero...
I don’t know what the catcher said to the poor grounds crew member, but he did not seem amused.
The whole thing was completely unnecessary, blown out of proportion, and wonderful. This is a perfect tantrum - nothing was destroyed, no one was hurt, the game was only slightly inconvenienced. I am scoring this an eight of ten. I deducted some style points for him losing a bit of momentum having the carry the trash can so far and for overstating his intent with yelling “get in your home”.
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