For Atlantas Thursday night’s matchup with the Marlins the Braves offered free tickets to those fleeing Hurricane Irma.
“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.”
A very cool move, except for one thing, someone with the Braves organization thought it was a good idea to play the song “Rock You Like a Hurricane” over the P.A. system between innings.
With Hurricane Irma forcing a mass evacuation of South Florida, the poor choice in music left baseball fans appalled.
— Blotto VonDrinkmore (@BlottoVonDrinkm) September 8, 2017
— AtlanticMontessori (@AtlanticMontess) September 8, 2017
Here at the Braves game, where they decided it would be cool to play "Rock You Like a Hurricane" inbetween innings while playing the Marlins
— Davis Tangeman (@albinoalbies) September 8, 2017
According to Clark Spencer of 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.
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
Florida’s west coast faces threats of massive wind damage and severe flooding when Irma makes landfall as a Category 4 storm, which is expected to happen between early Sunday and early Monday.
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.