Dropkick Murphys Lead Singer Says Papelbon Can’t Use “Shipping Up to Boston”


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.



39 Responses

  1. Good! Did you really want to hear a song about Boston every time our closer here in PHILLY runs out to the mound? It doesn’t even make sense for him to want that song anymore!! And it’s not like HE’S from Boston either, so I don’t get the big deal, or why it’s “news”… or why Crossing Broad decided to break the same “story” that has already been put out by at least 10 other “sources”. You guys are usually at least one of the first haha.

  2. It makes perfect sense for a Boston band. Imagine if Brad Lidge had used a song by a Philly-based group (say, The Roots) as his entrance song (a song which also had “Philadelphia” in the name). Then he goes to Washington to pitch there and still uses the song… you think we wouldn’t flip the FUCK out about that? About how it’s our song? You bet your ass we would flip out.
    No problem with it. Papelbon just has to get a new song. No big deal.

  3. he already said he wasn’t using that song like a couple weeks ago, fuck off DM, your music only sounds good if your shitfaced

  4. Do they realize that the Flyers CONSTANTLY use this song. lol @ bands thinking they have full control over their music. What a douche.

  5. I’m a pretty big DM fan, but it’s a little pompous of them to tell Pap what he can and can’t come out to. Obviously, it’s not the best choice at CBP, but you hear that song all over the place, especially in the NHL. Shameless grab at publicity. Fail.

  6. 1. There’s actually 2 lead singers: Ken Casey and Al Barr. Just saying…
    2. I agree with this move on Ken’s part. While Pap should be allowed to use a DKM song, it shouldn’t be “Shipping.” I agree with “Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya.” Or Pap could go with a local song, like “Motown Philly” or something by Halestorm. There’s plenty of choices.

  7. Paps should play it safe and use the always reliable “If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)”

  8. Bring back Mike McColgan or Al Barr. What a douche. Why would he use that song here anyway?

  9. Two lead “singers”, that is.
    Also, Papelbon’s 1/4 Irish and was born in Baton Rouge. So basically, he’s as Irish as everyone is on St. Patrick’s Day, i.e., not much.

  10. If I had a dime for every fuck I gave about the Dropkick Murphy’s, how they feel about him using their song, or how HE feels about using their song…I’d be a broke college student…
    Oh wait…I am.
    HUMONGOUS BIG WHO CARES (That joke stinks)

  11. i dig that volbeat song they play at the flyers games. that would be sweet pump up song

  12. Ugh. I hate stories like these. For one, this story makes too much sense. He does not pitch in Boston anymore, therefore the song would be out of place.
    Second, it draws all of the “DAT AINTS FILADELPHIA ENUUFFF!!!!” freaks out of the wood work. This is by far the most annoying segment of the Philadelphia fan base, consisting mainly of WIP devotees.
    Third, we all realize Papelbon is overpaid, now there is this song shit feels like it has legs that might carry it all year. I am already getting a little sick of this dude. More so now than I was over his douchy razor commercial with the biggest D-bag in sports, Nick Swisher.
    They should have just went with Bastardo to close, figured out a way to spend the $50 mil on a left fielder, let Antonio walk out to “Put It In Your Mouth” by Akinyele, and called it an off-season.

  13. The Flyers use this song? For in-game stuff maybe. But their victory song is “The Orange and the Black” by The Boils. Anyway, the Led Zepplin suggestion “Rock and Roll” would be awesome. Good call.
    And as others have stated I’m pretty sure he already said he wasn’t using it and I am also pretty sure it didn’t even need to be said cause its terribly obvious… but whatever… I guess it’s a slow news day.

  14. Seek & Destroy by Metallica…I want the solo. That’s some serious closer music right therrrr

  15. Its a Woody Guthrie song not a fucking Boston song or Dropkick Murphy song. Fuck them and fuck Boston

  16. I just have one question….Who in the HELL are the Dropkick Murphys??? I never heard of them..

  17. I was wondering what a talentless Pogues wannabe band’s opinion on this might be.

  18. J.T. must stand for Just Thinking about sucking Kyle’s dick to be the 3rd blogger

  19. A) It’s DkM, not DM
    B) DkM has a lot of fantastic songs
    C) “Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya?” would actually make a bitchin’ closer’s song.

  20. Who would want to ship anything to Boston? Have ya seen them? Everything is so weirdly fucked up. Their women look like seahags.
    Another Irish band proving that they’re truly monkeys.

  21. A good closer song doesn’t need to be a great song in general, it just needs a solid opening build-up of about 30-60 seconds. Without using the same tired cliches (Enter Sandman, Hells Bells, etc.), I nominate the following songs for Pap:
    1. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Can’t Stop”
    2. Notorious B.I.G. and Puff Daddy – “Victory” (I know, it’s rap, but damned if this doesn’t get you fired up and it has the Philly/Rocky connection)
    3. Blur – “Song 2”

  22. I don’t care what song he uses, I don’t care if he knows Carter and Richards, I don’t care about anything, EXCEPT….Can you PLEASE STOP CALLING HIM CINCO OCHO?

  23. Consider the time he spent in Boston and the orientation of most Red Sox fans, how about Josie Cotton’s 80’s classic “Johnny Are You Queer?” as his entrance theme?

  24. Im with Spanish Jose – the season hasn’t even started and I’m already tired of Papelbon. Not only is this “controversy” stupid as all hell, but he just gives off such a douchey vibe…

  25. Why doesn’t he just come out to the Rocky theme and make every Philadelphian happy?

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