Cubs regret playing ‘Smack My B**** Up’ song with Aroldis Chapman pitching
The Chicago Cubs say they did not intentionally play a song about domestic violence as Aroldis Chapman was walking off the mound Sunday night.
After Chapman pitched a 1-2-3 top of the ninth in an eventual loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, the song “Smack My B**** Up” by The Prodigy could be heard playing over the Wrigley Field speakers. ESPN’s Jesse Rogers was told by the club on Monday that the song selection was simply an oversight.
“The Cubs say they unintentionally played the song ‘Smack My Bitch Up’ last night when Aroldis Chapman walked off the mound in the ninth inning,” Rogers said. “The Cubs will have a strong response to it this morning. It was ‘unfortunate and should not have happened,’ according to the team.”
We’re not sure when there would ever be an appropriate time to play a song with that title, but the timing with Chapman was particularly bad. A woman claimed last October that Chapman choked her during a dispute. He also allegedly fired a gun at a wall in his garage during the same incident. You can read more details here.
Though Chapman was never charged, he was suspended 30 games by Major League Baseball.