The Chicago Cubs brought in closer Aroldis Chapman to save games and make a legit run at a World Series title in 2016.
Even with Chapman’s past involving domestic violence, the Cubs put that aside. It hasn’t been the smoothest transition with many not being pleased with the move and some comments Chapman made upon arriving in Chicago.
Sunday night it got even worse.
Whoever was controlling the Cubs audio system played “Smack that bitch up” over the speakers right after Chapman recorded the last out in the top of the 9th inning:
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
The news is just catching on Monday morning, with many fans upset over the situation. The normal Wrigley Field conductor, Dante the Don, was not in attendance for the game according to his Twitter account.
The Cubs apologized for the incident via ESPN’s Jesse Rogers:
“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. The Cubs will have a strong response to it this morning. It was ‘unfortunate and should not have happened,’ according to the team.”
Was it on purpose? Possibly. It’s hard to imagine the Cubs making this big of a mistake with a player like Chapman and being under the microscope. It’s also hard to imagine the Cubs would have that song in their rotation.