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The Cubs, for Reasons Passing Understanding, Play "Smack My Bitch Up" After Aroldis Chapman Inning

How does anyone even have this song at their disposal to play?
August 15, 2016, 3:30pm
Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Somebody with the Cubs did a dumb thing Sunday night involving Aroldis Chapman—and it wasn't just manager Joe Maddon, who brought Chapman into the game an inning after the Cardinals had taken the lead. (Just watch the Indians use Andrew Miller, skip.)

No, whoever was in charge of playing music at Wrigley Field played "Smack My Bitch Up" by The Prodigy as Chapman walked off the mound against the Cardinals after the top of the ninth inning. First of all, how is this song in anyone's library in the Year of Our Lord 2016? Not to mention "Firestarter" is sitting right there on a tee.

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Second of all, yikes! In case anyone has forgotten, and apparently someone did, Chapman was accused of some fairly heinous acts of domestic violence against his girlfriend in a police report from October. There was choking, there was gun-shooting. There were no charges brought, but the incident did lead to Major League Baseball suspending Chapman for 30 games to start the 2016 season.

Sarah Spain was among the first to notice the impropriety:

Chapman closes out the inning & at the inning break the Cubs play "Smack My Bitch Up." You gotta know better. C'mon.
— Sarah Spain (@SarahSpain) August 15, 2016

Right?! The Cubs later said it was unintentional, which, boy, thankfully so. What if it was on purpose? It's easier to imagine a smart-ass DJ at an enemy ballpark playing "Smack" in order to troll the Cubs and Chapman than it is the home team doing its own like that.

This is why the Brewers, for a contrasting example, play "Roll Out the Barrel" at Miller Park between innings. It's also awful sonically, but at least it's uncontroversial (unless you're among those who get angry because "tararrel" isn't a real word).

Update: The Cubs fired the person responsible for playing the song, calling it an "irresponsible music selection" and said it "showed a lack of…sensitivity to an important issue," which is domestic violence, in case you were curious what the Cubs were talking about.

The Cubs have terminated their "relationship" with the person responsible for the… https://t.co/DJd7Z0SC8x pic.twitter.com/1RCMumTSf9
— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) August 15, 2016