Atlanta Braves apologize for tone-deaf 'Rock Me Like a Hurricane' song choice
The Atlanta Braves have been criticized for demonstrating very poor song choice on Thursday night when The Scorpions’ 1984 hit “Rock You Like a Hurricane” blasted out over the loudspeaker while they played the Miami Marlins at SunTrust Park in Georgia.
Many deem it a tone deaf move considering that Hurricane Irma is currently barreling towards Southern Florida from the Caribbean and sparking widespread evacuations.
According to the Miami Herald’s Clark Spencer, a Braves official later apologized for the song, saying that it was on the team’s regular playlist but should have been pulled. The official added that the rock song would not be used again during the series.
The insensitive set list did not go unnoticed by the Twitterverse, with one user calling it “a savage move,” and one Fox Sports affiliate predicting “someone is about to get fired.”
Despite the musical faux pas, the Braves have been praised for offering free tickets to fans displaced by Hurricane Irma.
“The Atlanta Braves are extending an invitation to all Florida residents, as well as residents of the Georgia and South Carolina counties under evacuation orders who travel to the Atlanta area, to be their guests for the next four nights at SunTrust Park,” the team posted on their official website earlier on Thursday.
“Displaced residents under evacuation orders can come to the Braves ticket office on the day of the game, show their valid state I.D. and receive a complimentary ticket.”
Derek Schiller, Braves President of Business, also said in a statement: “We know how difficult it has been for those who have had to pack up and leave their homes as Hurricane Irma approaches.
“We hope we can help take their mind off the storm for a few hours by coming to enjoy a baseball game at SunTrust Park.”
On Friday, it was reported that next week’s three-game series between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays to be relocated to Citi Field, the home of the New York Nets. It will be considered a home game for the Rays.
Read original story Atlanta Braves Apologize for Tone Deaf ‘Rock Me Like a Hurricane’ Song Choice At TheWrap