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

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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.

Anthony Rendon explains why he didn’t go to the White House

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Today the Angels introduced their newest big star, Anthony Rendon, who just signed a seven-year, $245 million contract to play in Orange County.

And it is Orange County, not Los Angeles, Rendon stressed at the press conference. When asked about the Dodgers, who had also been reported to be courting him, Rendon said he preferred the Angels because, “the Hollywood lifestyle . . . didn’t seem like it would be a fit for us as a family.”

What “the Hollywood Lifestyle” means in that context could mean a lot of things I suppose. It could be about the greater media scrutiny Dodgers players are under compared to Angels players. It could mean that he’d simply prefer to live in Newport Beach than, I dunno, wherever Dodgers players live. Pasadena? Pasadena is more convenient to Dodger Stadium than the beach. Who knows. They never did let Yasiel Puig get that helicopter he wanted, so traffic could’ve been a consideration.

But maybe it’s a subtle allusion to political/cultural stuff. Orange County has trended to the left in some recent elections but it is, historically speaking, a conservative stronghold in Southern California. And, based on something else he said in his press conference, Rendon seems to be pretty conscious of geographical/political matters:

A shoutout to the notion of Texas being Trump country and an askance glance at “the Hollywood Lifestyle” of Los Angeles all in the same press conference. That’s a lot of culture war ground covered in one press conference. So much so that I can’t decide if I should warn Rendon that both Texas and Orange County are trending leftward or if I should tell him to stick to sports.