It was easier when all you had to deal with was “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”:

The [Chicago] Cubs have terminated the stadium disc jockey who played the song “Smack My Bitch Up” after Aroldis Chapman’s outing Sunday night at Wrigley Field.

“We apologize for the irresponsible music selection during our game last night,” Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney said in a statement on Monday. “The selection of this track showed a lack of judgment and sensitivity to an important issue. We have terminated our relationship with the employee responsible for making the selection and will be implementing stronger controls to review and approve music before public broadcast during our games.”

After Chapman closed the ninth inning against the Cardinals, The Prodigy’s 1997 song was played. Chapman began this season serving a 30-game suspension covered by Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy after a dispute with his girlfriend in South Florida last October.

Chapman’s usual walk-up music is Rage Against The Machine’s “Wake Up.”



  1. fillyjonk »

    17 August 2016 · 10:47 am

    I don’t QUITE approve of what the (former) employee did, yet at the same time I don’t quite DISapprove…

  2. McG »

    17 August 2016 · 11:03 am

    That would be like playing “Who Let the Dogs Out?” for Michael Vick. I believe the word is “epic.” But yes, I’m sure the song itself was inappropriate regardless of the timing, if I’m permitted to judge a song by its title.

  3. Chuck Pergiel »

    17 August 2016 · 12:42 pm


  4. CGHill »

    17 August 2016 · 1:03 pm

    Like a walk in the park. Chapman pitched the ninth inning for the Cubs; he faced three batters, striking out two.

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