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 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.