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The Cubs played the song “Smack My B***h Up” for Aroldis Chapman last night

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CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 11: Aroldis Chapman #54 of the Chicago Cubs smiles after getting three St. Louis Cardinals hitters out on three pitches during the ninth inning on August 11, 2016 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

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UPDATE: The Cubs have fired the DJ responsible for the playing of that song. They also issued a statement:

“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.”

11:46 AM: As everyone knows, Aroldis Chapman was suspended for a good chunk of this season pursuant to Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. Last night Chapman pitched for the Cubs and . . .

Yes, the song by The Prodigy. Predictably, that did not go over too terribly well. Today the Cubs are apologizing, saying that the song was “unintentionally” played. Jesse Rogers of ESPN says that the Cubs will have a “strong response” to it this morning. In the meantime they are saying that it was “unfortunate and should not have happened.” Which, um, yes.

Obviously someone thought they were being clever, but there is no way to spin this as anything less than awful taste. Indeed, there’s no imaginable time when that song is appropriate at the ballpark.

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