BOSTON (CBS) — Granted, it wouldn’t make much sense for Jonathan Papelbon to use “Shipping Up To Boston” as his entrance music, now that he’ll be pitching in the City of Brotherly Love, but the Dropkick Murphys are taking a proactive approach to the 2012 season. They won’t let Papelbon use their song anymore.
“He can’t use ‘Shipping Up To Boston,’” lead singer Ken Casey told ESPN Music. “That’s a Boston song.”
Casey told ESPN that he’s already moved on to the Andrew Bailey era in Boston.
“And I have to get with the new Sox closer to let him know he can use ‘Shipping Up To Boston,’” Casey told ESPN. “That’s not Pap’s song. That’s the closer’s song.”
Papelbon served as the Red Sox’ closer from 2006-11, recording 219 saves and winning a World Series along the way. He began using “Shipping Up To Boston” beginning in the 2007 season and he rode along with the band during the rolling rally through Boston.