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Jonathan Papelbon’s Intro Song by Dropkick Murphys Must Stay in Boston, Says Band Member

New Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon will not just be wearing a new uniform when he steps on the pitcher’s mound this season.

Papelbon will also be entering a game to a new song introduction, and not the popular “Shipping Up to Boston”, by the Dropkick Murphys.


The Dropkick Murphys are keeping “Shipping Up To Boston” where it belongs

The band’s lead singer and bassist, Ken Casey, recently told ESPN Music that Papelbon wouldn’t be allowed to use the Dropkick Murphys hit any longer.

“He can’t use ‘Shipping Up To Boston’”, Casey told Mike Trask.  “That’s not Pap’s song.  That’s the closer’s song,” he later added.

The Dropkick Murphys, a unique punk rock band that was formed just south of Boston in Quincy, Massachusetts, often ties Boston sports into its music, and understandably demands that one of its most popular hits be preserved within Fenway Park and Red Sox Nation, and not brought elsewhere.

Most know the song off-hand, especially those that are from the Boston area, but for anyone that may be struggling to get it off the tip of their tongue, here’s a video (via YouTube) of the band performing the song – and where else but at Fenway Park – specifically during the 2010 NHL Winter Classic.

Papelbon, who signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies during the offseason, will have to find another tune to pump him up before the ninth inning of every game that he attempts to close out.

As for Papelbon’s cold, icy stare and aggressive style when he’s on the mound, it can and will remain.


Jonathan Papelbon’s glare has become one of the more known images in Major League Baseball

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By | 2017-08-25T17:33:14+00:00 March 6th, 2012|Celebs, Kevin Paul, Writers|2 Comments

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  1. admin March 17, 2012 at 2:57 PM


    Nice. He sure is giving the Boston fans some grief. Shortly after this, I’m sure you saw the headline where he was talking trash on the Boston fans, saying that the Philly fans have more knowledge.

  2. aero March 7, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Papelbon should make his new song Philadelphia Freedom. He looks like an Elton John fan. Not that there’s anything wrong with that:)

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