FARGO — Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks outfielder Brennan Metzger was given an off day for a recent home game, but that didn't keep him from entertaining the fans at Newman Outdoor Field.
During a pitching change against Sioux Falls in an American Association baseball game Saturday, Metzger emerged from the dugout with Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" being played in the stadium. He started to dance.
"I just don't care what people think of me so I don't get embarrassed by that type of stuff," Metzger said. "And I really love Taylor Swift."
Metzger mouthed the words to the hit song as he danced outside the home dugout before his teammates and the crowd. Fans cheered as the routine progressed.
"I did get some (sunflower) seeds and water thrown at me," Metzger said of his teammates' reaction to his dance moves. "I had to stay involved in the performance."
Metzger said his teammates were laughing and giving him high-fives after the routine was finished and the game returned to action. Metzger added before the game, he told a RedHawks official to play "Blank Space" during a pitching change since knew he was likely not going to play in Saturday's game.
"I told them to play 'Blank Space' and let it ride," Metzger said. "I was like 'Why not give the fans some entertainment?' It's the last thing you would expect to see when you come to a baseball game."
Metzger said "Blank Space" is one of his favorite Swift songs.
"It's an easy one for me to sing along to and dance to," Metzger said. "If I was going to do it, I'm going to commit and dive in."
Metzger returned the his usual role in the starting lineup Sunday night and gave the fans something to cheer about between the lines. His dramatic, walk-off run-scoring double gave the RedHawks a 6-5 victory against Gary SouthShore. F-M scored six runs in the ninth inning to rally from a five-run deficit.
"All of a sudden, we turned it on," Metzger said. "It was crazy. I've never really been part of anything like that."