Talk about malfunctioning ethics alarms! This story made my head explode, once I confirmed that it was not a hoax, as I desperately hoped. It apparently made the heads of a lot of Cubs fans and Cubs executive blow craniums too.
If you don’t follow baseball closely, and by the way, what’s the matter with you?, you probably don’t know two crucial facts about the Chicago Cubs closer (that’s the pitcher who comes in to pitch the ninth when his team is ahead in a close game) Aroldis Chapman:
1. He throws the baseball over 100 mph. on almost every pitch, and has hit 105 mph. on the radar gun this season. Traditionally 90 mph on a pitcher;s fastball is considered good. 95 mph is considered very good. 100 mph is outrageous. Last year, Chapman threw more pitches over 100 mph than the rest of his league’s pitchers combined.
2. Chapman was suspended for much of this season for domestic abuse, under baseball’s new policies.
The Cubs recently acquired Chapman (from the Yankees) to be the team’s closer, in this, a season that bids fair to be the one that finally ends the team’s epic string of seasons without a World Series title. The Cubs last won the Series in 1908, over a century ago. The team hasn’t even made it to the Series since 1945.
Now here’s the punch-line.
Hold on to your head.
Many teams give players entering the game theme songs that have some significance for them. Often it’s the choice is based on a pun. Some teams let the players choose the tunes. In this case, the Cubs disc-jockey picked one of his own, because he thought it would be hilarious. As Chapman entered yesterday’s game, with a full house in family-friendly Wrigley Field, the home team’s DJ played The Prodigy’s hit, “Smack My Bitch Up.”
He really did. No, I’m not kidding, he really, really did.
The Cubs apologized to the world immediately but lied, saying that the playing of that song was “unintentional.” Why do people and organizations and Presidential candidates do that? All it does is tell us that they will resort to lying as a first response to problems. How could the song that directly references Chapman’s domestic abuse issues be played by accident? What an incredible coincidence that song, and not, say, “Whistle While You Work” or “They’re Coming To Take Me Away Ha-Ha!” just happened to get its button pushed, just as Chapman was walking onto the field! This is classic Jumbo territory: telling the public a ridiculous lie that nobody could possibly believe because someone doesn’t have the guts to tell the truth and accept responsibility in the wake of a mess..
Today the Cubs sobered up, and fired the idiot responsible, saying…
“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.”
Facts: NBC Sports