In case you didn’t stick around or stay tuned in until the ninth inning of today's game (and if you didn’t, who can blame you?), Jonathan Papelbon debuted what – we think – will be his new entrance music, even though he was entering the game with the Phillies trailing 5-2.
Alice In Chains, Man In The Box.
What, Black Hole Sun wasn’t available?
Look, no one likes the Dropkick Murphys, but at least their song, Shipping Up To Boston, which Papelbon used with the Red Sox, made sense. It was hip when he started using it, and obviously the lyrics are about… well, you get it.
Papelbon spent half the spring answering questions about his new music, and genuinely seemed to be torn over what to select. So he came up with Alice In Chains (?). That’s a song befitting (AND RECORDED BEFORE) the 1993 Phillies. It’s not a good one, either. Though this lyric fits:
I'm the man in the box
Buried in my shit
Won't you come and save me, save me
If shit is a dysphemism for the Phillies' lineup, maybe Paps was onto something…
Perhaps he will use a different song for save situations, and didn’t want to ruin the surprise during a 5-2 home opening snoozefest. But I can’t imagine he gave the CBP audio folks such specific instructions. Or maybe he did. Who knows? We'll find out if the Phillies ever score more runs than their opponent.
Anyway, Scott Franzke and Larry Anderson were less than thrilled at Papelbon's choice of music. Their reaction, and the song in-full, after the jump.