OK, thanks, Dropkick Murphys.
Jonathan Papelbon has some bits of Beantown douchedom to shred before taking the mound at Citizens Bank Park, not the least of which is his affinity for the Boston-based Dropkick Murphys, makers of such fine songs as Tessie, Shipping Up to Boston and….
Tessie and Shipping Up to Boston.
Anyway, in a meeting to take place in Clearwater between Cinco Ocho (we’ll embrace the closer’s moniker for the sake of unity) and DM’s lead singer Ken Casey, the band’s front man plans to talk to Papelbon about using Shipping Up to Boston, his entrance music at Fenway, in Philadelphia. Hint– he can’t: [ESPN.com]
"He can't use 'Shipping Up To Boston,'" Casey said. "That's a Boston song. One of the Philadelphia radio guys suggested 'Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya.'”
"And I have to get with the new Sox closer [Andrew Bailey] to let him know he can use 'Shipping Up To Boston,'" Casey adds. "That's not Pap's song. That's the closer's song."
Glad that’s clear. We don’t think Papelbon was planning on using it, anyway.
Reals: Casey is also planning to speak with Papelbon about his role with the Philadelphia branch of The Claddagh Fund, a charity created to support community-based non-profits, according to ESPN. So we won't make fun of Casey too much.