Major League Baseball‘s Atlanta Braves have apologized for playing the SCORPIONS‘ 1984 hit “Rock You Like A Hurricane” between innings during the team’s home game against the Miami Marlins this past Thursday. The song was deemed inappropriate because it was played over the SunTrust Park P.A. system during a game against a team from an area where more than half a million people have been ordered to evacuate because of an incoming hurricane.
According to the Miami Herald, the Braves later apologized for the song choice, saying it is on the regular playlist for home games but should have been removed for this series.
Naturally, a number of people expressed their displeasure with the Braves on social media, with one person calling the move “so unclassy” and another saying that the team deserves the “poor-taste award.”
This is not the first time “Rock You Like A Hurricane” made headlines for being played at a major sporting event. In 2006, the song generated controversy when it was used by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders in their halftime routine during a game against the New Orleans Saints. Some attending the game saw the song as offensive, given the extensive damage caused to New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina.
As of 8 a.m. Saturday morning, Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic storm in a decade, was about 225 miles from Miami, moving west-northwest at 12 mph.
Florida’s west coast faces threats of severe flooding when Irma makes landfall as a Category 4 storm, which is expected to happen between early Sunday and early Monday.
“Rock You Like A Hurricane” was released as the lead single from SCORPIONS‘ ninth studio album, “Love At First Sting”.
Braves official apologized, said "Rock You Like A Hurricane" is on home playlist, should have been pulled. Won't be played again this series
— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) September 8, 2017
— AtlanticMontessori (@AtlanticMontess) September 8, 2017
— Blotto VonDrinkmore (@BlottoVonDrinkm) September 8, 2017
Screw the freaking Atlanta Braves for playing Rock You Like a Hurricane against the Marlins so unclassy. No respect
— cheez dawg ☔️ (@KingCheezy24) September 8, 2017
@Braves Uh. probably could've picked better song than "rock you like a hurricane" today with marlins and hurricane about to hit florida.
— Chris (@cscotz) September 8, 2017
"Rock you like a hurricane" just came on at the Braves game and I really think there couldn't be worse timing for that song to play
— Landen Hattaway (@landooo_7) September 8, 2017