Jeremy Hazelbaker’s 2016 season has been unlike any other in his professional career.
First, Hazelbaker made his major league debut with the St. Louis Cardinals after not sniffing the bigs in any of his previous seven seasons since being drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the fourth round in 2009.
Then, the 28-year-old tossed in a minor league fight for good measure.
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Hazelbaker charged the mound Monday night during a Triple-A game between the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals affiliate) and New Orleans Zephyrs (Miami Marlins affiliate) after Jose Urena fired a pitch at his head. Urena responded by throwing a punch at the Redbirds outfielder, kicking off a massive bench-clearing brawl that actually involved real violence and almost ended up in one of the dugouts.
The best part of the whole ordeal might have been the soundtrack. Guns N’ Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle” filled the air as grown men beat the crap out of each other.