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Jonathan Papelbon ditches “Shipping Up To Boston” as entrance song

Mar 8, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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There was some confusion earlier this week regarding statements the Dropkick Murphys made about whether or not they wanted Jonathan Papelbon to continue using their song “Shipping Up To Boston” as his entrance music now that he’s pitching in Philadelphia.

Turns out, it was a moot point.

Papelbon told Todd Zolecki of that he’s scrapped “Shipping Up To Boston” as his music and has already chosen a new song that he’s keeping secret for now.

Zolecki writes that Papelbon is friends with Dropkick Murphys lead singer Ken Casey, who apparently suggested simply changing the song’s lyrics to include “Philadelphia” instead of “Boston.” Papelbon did the band a favor and declined.

  1. brent05cards - Mar 8, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    No way! I don’t think anyone saw this coming! Haha

    • marshmallowsnake - Mar 8, 2012 at 1:17 PM

      You beat me to this comment. Well done.

      Will he replace it with Motown Philly?

  2. shaggylocks - Mar 8, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Yeah it was odd. I read one article where Casey was quoted saying the song was not Papelbon’s but belonged to the Red Sox closer and that Pap couldn’t use it in Philly, and later in the same article there was that thing about Casey suggesting he’d change the lyrics to “Shipping up to Philly” if Pap wanted him to. Weird.

    • HitsDingers - Mar 8, 2012 at 2:33 PM

      Ken Casey said (via Deadspin) that the ESPN story (saying the song belonged to the Sox and not Pap) was taken entirely out of context and he was completely joking when he said it.

      I’m glad Papelbon is picking a new song. I don’t want any of his Boston BS (taking FOREVER), but all the sweet, sweet saves

      • clevername1 - Mar 8, 2012 at 6:47 PM

        Yeah, many of his sweet saves involved a walk and a couple hits. Or a BS. Good luck with him.

      • lostsok - Mar 8, 2012 at 10:24 PM

        Prediction: Ryan Madsen is gonna look real good in your memory after a season with Papelboom. The only reason he was coveted is that all Yankees/Sox players are over-rated by ESPN (99.9% of employees are fans of one of those teams).

      • bigleagues - Mar 11, 2012 at 11:59 PM


        It would be helpful if knew something about the player being discussed.

        Or baseball for that matter.

  3. homelanddefense - Mar 8, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    I remember when Papelbon first became Sox closer, he did a weekly interview with a local Providence sports station. He couldnt pick a good song so he asked the host, the host said “Bad to the Bone” and Papelbon went with it for a while.

    Cool story bro!

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 8, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Given his current contract and, um, intellectual prowess, I suggest Life’s Been Good by Joe Walsh, preferably this part:

    • Gonzo - Mar 8, 2012 at 1:27 PM

      Can you explain your handle to me? I don’t quite follow.

      • cur68 - Mar 8, 2012 at 1:41 PM

        I’ve always taken it to mean Cap’n Crunch could bat 8th and be decent at it. Anti-DH screen handle is how I interpret the whole thing.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 8, 2012 at 1:59 PM

        I don’t mean to hijack this thread, but screw Papelbon anyway:

        The handle was my response someone discussing how Good Young Starting Pitcher X should be moved to the ‘pen “because he would be good at,” and how such statement, while likely true, describe a sub-optimal utilization of resources.

        That said, I would not bet against Sabathia, as the LH side of a DH platoon, outproducing Ibanez this season.

  5. yankeesgameday - Mar 8, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Philadelphia Freedom for the win!

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 8, 2012 at 1:48 PM

      “Wild Thing” has historical significance.

    • bravojawja - Mar 9, 2012 at 10:17 AM

      I was thinking Vancougar’s “Philadelphia.”

      • bravojawja - Mar 9, 2012 at 10:22 AM

        whoa – that embedded? My bad.

  6. sandpiperair - Mar 8, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Is this what baseball is becoming? It’s news when a player changes his “entrance music?” I can’t imagine this being an issue for any of the great players from previous eras. Maybe Reggie Jackson.

    • marshmallowsnake - Mar 8, 2012 at 1:53 PM

      It becomes more and more like the WWE every year.

    • Gonzo - Mar 8, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      AWWWW. Poor you.

      • sandpiperair - Mar 8, 2012 at 5:33 PM


  7. patpatriot7 - Mar 8, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Wait until Phillies fans watch you on the mound – never looking over to first with a runner on base, stirring down batters with your best scary face, taking five minutes to throw a pitch and blowing saves. They’ll be playing “Take a hike down the Pennsylvania Pike.” Good luck Pap. Remember, they’ve got a lot of culture there, so try to limit the number of interviews you give. It won’t take long for folks there to realize that you didn’t spend your spare time in Boston taking courses at Harvard!

    • yankeesgameday - Mar 8, 2012 at 2:01 PM

      Please reference this culture in Philly you talk about. Unless it includes reading US Weekly in the checkout line where you’re buying stacks of Duracell batteries to chuck at opposing players I’m not sure what you mean.

      • sandpiperair - Mar 8, 2012 at 2:27 PM

        “They got a lot, a lot of culture here.”

        “It’s like a baby New York.”

      • CJ - Mar 8, 2012 at 2:28 PM

        Must we go through this again? Really?

        They were Energizers, dammit!

    • Utley's Hair - Mar 8, 2012 at 2:37 PM


      Remember that Brad “If You’re on Just Take 2nd” Lidge was here.

  8. drunkenhooliganism - Mar 8, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    He’s keeping his new entrance music a secret? The world cant wait until he unveils his new song.

    • shaggylocks - Mar 8, 2012 at 4:14 PM

      And so falls the first domino that sets off the Mayan apocalypse. Way to go, Papelbon, you just crashed Western civilization.

  9. steelersredsoxnation - Mar 8, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    And this is news? Who cares. I wonder what entrance song would be best for a closer who can only throw one pitch, which worked when he could throw it 97+ but now that it tops out at 94 and big league hitters just pound it out of the park with great frequency

    • Utley's Hair - Mar 8, 2012 at 4:28 PM

      Who said this is news? This is a post on a baseball blog that refers to a spring training interview of a baseball player.

      Seriously, people, let’s see if we can go a week without a “this is news?” comment on here. I refer to the whole unnecessary clicking, reading (presumably), commenting thing…again.

  10. octom - Mar 8, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    NY culture – could have had Lee if you didn’t spit on his wife.

  11. bigleagues - Mar 12, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    There mere fact that the lead singer of the Dropkick Murphy’s offered to change the lyric to ‘Philadelphia’ . . .

    Dropkick Murphys lead singer Ken Casey, who apparently suggested simply changing the song’s lyrics to include “Philadelphia” instead of “Boston.”

    . . . should prove to all you non-Bostonians what most self-respecting Bostonian’s (and music fans) already know . . . that the Dropkick Murphy’s are an OK professional BAR BAND. Not a great band. Just an OK band who was in the right place at the right time.

    SO, please STOP getting DM tattoos and thinking that you are cool. You will not be ever cool again if you do so. I promise. Even if you have it removed.

    And yes, for some inexplicable reason “Sweet Caroline” just seems to work at Fenway. And I get all into it and sing along and shit, but Neil Diamond remains a good songwriter (and a terribly limited performer) – not a great songwriter . . . just good. Not a rock n roll legend, just one who will be remembered.

    Oh yeah, and Dropkick Murphy’s should, at a minimum, kiss a candle-lit poster of Black-47 & especially The Pogues before they go to bed and as soon as they wake up. Each and every day.

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