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 said.
The Dropkick Murphys, a unique punk rock band, was formed just south of Boston in Quincy, Massachusetts. They are a band that frequently ties Boston sports into its music. The band understandably demands that one of its most popular hits be remain within Fenway Park and Red Sox Nation.
Most know the song off-hand, especially those that are from the Boston area. For anyone that may be struggling to get it off the tip of their tongue, here’s a video of the band performing the song. Better yet, the performance is at Fenway Park during the 2010 NHL Winter Classic.
Papelbon signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies during the offseason. Despite all the greenbacks, he will need to find another tune to pump him up prior to the ninth inning.
As for Papelbon’s cold, icy stare and aggressive style when he’s on the mound, it can and will remain.