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Atlanta Braves Play ‘Rock You Like a Hurricane’ During Miami Marlins Game

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Between innings of their game against the Miami Marlins on Thursday night, the Atlanta Braves played Scorpions‘ 1984 hit, “Rock You Like a Hurricane” over the P.A. system at SunTrust Park. But there was one major problem: Miami, and the rest of Florida, are currently preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Irma.

As the Los Angeles Times reports, the music choice was immediately derided on social media for being insensitive to the damage that hurricanes cause. However, it may have been an innocent mistake rather than an attempt at trolling the visiting team. It’s apparently regularly played at SunTrust Park, as it is in many stadiums. Plus, earlier that day, the Braves organization announced that any Florida residents who have evacuated to the Atlanta area as a result of the impending storm can attend the game for free.

“We know how difficult it has been for those who have had to pack up and leave their homes as Hurricane Irma approaches,” said Derek Schiller of the Braves organization. “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.”

Clark Spencer, who covers the Marlins for the Miami Herald, tweeted that the Braves quickly realized their mistake. “Braves official apologized, said ‘Rock You Like A Hurricane’ is on home playlist, should have been pulled,” he wrote as the game was still going on. “Won’t be played again this series.”

The Braves wound up winning the game 6-5, but it likely won’t help their chances of making the playoffs. They are currently in third place in the National League East with a record of 62-78, 24.5 games behind the division-leading Washington Nationals, and 13.5 games off the pace for the last wild card slot, with only 22 games remaining in their season.

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