Although it may seem that all we nourish ourselves with is music and pop culture … well, no, that’s about right. But hey sometimes artists help us with the tunnel vision and bring the national pasttime into focus, like when the the Hold Steady sang “Take Me Out To The Ballgame,” or when the Smithereens’ Pat Dinizio teamed up with Joan Jett and motherfucking Bob Uecker, and of course when we found out that Dylan knows baseball (he loves Cadillacs, too; bet he likes apple pie).

And it turns out music’s played a pretty big role in the Red Sox’ postseason run this year, thanks to Massachusetts band Dropkick Murphys. Dial it back to ’04, when Boston was looking to beat the Curse of the Bambino. During that series, the working-class Quincy, MA band and longtime Sox fans did a cover of “Tessie,” a Broadway tune from when the Sox won the series in 1918, hoping to somehow conjure the olden-day mojo. It worked, the Sox won it all, so dudes were called back to play at Fenway before a Red Sox game for the sixth time last Sunday. The Sox won each of the previous five times the Dropkick Murphys played and, obviously, they beat the Indians last Sunday, thrusting ’em into the World Series yet again. The power of music. If you haven’t seen the Murphys’ performance last weekend — it’s pretty rousing. Off-key crowd participation after the jump.

Besides “Tessie” they also belted a rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “I’m Shipping Up to Boston.” Here’s some behind-the-scene and “Shipping” footage.

Via MTV:

Since we’re on this entire sports kick, might as well mention these new punk rock bubblegum cards. According to the maker, “backs will have a fave song lyric instead of stats. Teams and stuff like that is purely dictated by what I found searching vs. head size…” We like the Neil Young, especially — though, yes, it’s a hockey thing. Check it…

Like we said, we don’t pretend to be experts, so we asked our friend Darren: What does he think the value of this particular card would be? And just how fucked are the Rockies?

I know that Neil Young card is old, but that crease across the middle is brutal. The lower right hand corner looks like someone thought the thing was a sticker. Plus, it’s hockey, which means you have to multiply whatever value you think it has by 0.

And the Rockies are not good until tomorrow night when they come back to life in the Rocky Mountain air. Red Sox in 6.

You heard it here first: Red Sox in 6. (You can let us know how likely that is.) Can’t wait to see Papelbon’s post-game victory jig! But hey, we’re not playing favorites: The Sox might have the Dropkick Murphys and Papelbon’s fancy feet, but they don’t have the “Joba Rules.” What?

Comments (28)
  1. Greg  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2007 0

    What are the rules for Joba when he’s sitting at home watching the World Series on TV?

    Only half a bag of Doritos per game?

  2. Beckett said if they win the series, he’ll dance, too.

  3. Neil  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2007 0

    Sox in 6 only because I want them to come back and close it out in Fenway, but realistically I think it’s O-V-A-H. I’ll give the Rockies game four.

    It’s kind of strange that the Sox have suddenly made the Dropkicks a household name. I’m sure they don’t mind, but they’re kind of the “Red Sox Band” now. That is their identity to a lot of people and it’s a bit unfair.

  4. Kellen  |   Posted on Oct 26th, 2007 0

    fuck the red sox!

  5. DeafGeoff  |   Posted on Oct 27th, 2007 0

    Dude, can’t believe y’all didn’t take this rare discussion of sports (this is a music blog, and I get this article is ‘really’ about Dropkick Murphys) to mention how funny the whole Taco Bell “Steal A Base, Steal A Taco” promotion is.

    “How you gonna come to Taco Bell and say I ain’t got my taco?”

  6. the rockies will win…
    you read it here first…

  7. darnell  |   Posted on Oct 27th, 2007 0

    the rockies will win…
    you read it here first…

    …and also last.

  8. Kevo  |   Posted on Oct 27th, 2007 0

    …and last.

    The Dropkick Murphys are not a household name, and the Red Sox have done nothing to improve their status in the public eye.

    But Curt Schilling is the balls.

  9. Kevo  |   Posted on Oct 27th, 2007 0

    Also, fuck you, Darnell.

  10. Evan  |   Posted on Oct 27th, 2007 0

    being a New Englander, I love this post.

    I’m excited for the game tonight, though I think the Sox may lose.

    But overall, I’m predicting Sox in 5.

    As for the Dropkick Murphys, they are definitely a household name in New England. And sadly, they are “that Red Sox band” even though they were awesome long before 2004.

  11. BriGuy  |   Posted on Oct 27th, 2007 0

    Tacoby Bellsbury.
    Don’t forget your free tacos on Tuesday from 2-5p. 2nd and a Half Meal? Let’s fill that place. Taco madness

  12. Neil  |   Posted on Oct 27th, 2007 0


    I should’ve specified that I meant the Dropkicks are a household name in New England and not across the country; Evan expressed my point better than I did. You have to agree that someone who hadn’t heard of them before 2004 now thinks, “Ohhh yeah, that ‘Tessie’ band!” The Sox have absolutely increased their popularity over the last few years because of this.

  13. Sullivan  |   Posted on Oct 27th, 2007 0

    @ Neil…

    “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” being featured in The Departed didn’t hurt either.

  14. Dice-Gay  |   Posted on Oct 28th, 2007 0

    So does winning another championship mean the Red Sox are no longer the trendy-ass, lovable losers? Shouldn’t they be labeled Evil Empire for having a payroll almost triple that of the Rockies? They are the Dave Matthews Band of baseball; the Rockies are The Fray — still not huge worldwide but came on strong in the past year or so.

    Does that make the Florida Marlins the Tapes ‘n Tapes of baseball?

  15. I hate to be a pest, but the grammar in the headline of this post is just screaming to be fixed. “Sox’??” A word is ended with an apostrophe only if it is a plural possessive, ending in an “s.” Even if the team was the Red Socks, the headline would read Socks’s. The team name is a singular, proper noun. The letter “x” denotes neither plurality nor possession in English.


  16. chucko  |   Posted on Oct 28th, 2007 0

    Actually, it’s GOOD that Pappelbon doesn’t have to play by something like “Joba Rules.” The Red Sox were cautious but not too strict with Pappelbon this year after last season, when his shoulder wore out. He did, after all get around 35 saves this year, becoming the FIRST Red Sox closer ever to save at least 35 games in two seasons (he did it last year too). With this team’s storied history, I know that’s hard to believe, but it’s true.

    However, in these playoffs, he’s been let loose (in more ways than one) and at least twice now has pitched in two consecutive innings, something he wasn’t allowed to do much at all this year. And he’s been money all throughout these playoffs, just as he was during the regular season, where he was among the top two closers in the American League. I

    I’ve been saying Sox win WS in five games, but the way things are rolling now, they may sweep ‘em and win it all tonight!!! I’m sticking with my prediction, but obviously as a Sox fan, I don’t care if it holds up, as long as they win, period.

    Also, I am proud of my hometown boys the Dropkick Murphys – they used to practice down the street from me over ten years ago (yes, I’m from Quincy too). So it’s great that they are putting my hometown on the map and that Stereogum mentioned it! It’s a punk rock kind of town nowadays, too. So we’re reveling in their success on the big stage.

  17. @ j:

    You’re right. Fixing!

  18. rastafarianlibrarian  |   Posted on Oct 28th, 2007 0

    fuck the redsox. they are now, officially, the yankees. well played you self-important pricks.

  19. Evan  |   Posted on Oct 28th, 2007 0

    “fuck the redsox. they are now, officially, the yankees. well played you self-important pricks.”

    That is the stupidest thing I’ve ever read.

    Pretty much what you’re saying is that because the Red Sox are WINNING, they’re the Yankees? What a retardedly stupid thing to say.

  20. Dr Paisley  |   Posted on Oct 28th, 2007 0

    The Red Sox are not, and never will be the Yankees, simply because their owner is not a twice-convicted felon.

    And the Marlins are more like the Def Leppard/Styx/Some other Lame-Ass group tour this summer that had five original members between the three bands.

  21. Lamppost  |   Posted on Oct 28th, 2007 0

    The Royals are the Britney Spears of baseball.

  22. the neil young card is so lovely. love it.

  23. SWEEP! Congrats Sox

  24. i love the red sox and the dropkick murphees. can’t wait for my taco man

    libble invite

  25. okay, so maybe next year …..
    best use of dropkick murphy’s has to be in the departed…

  26. jdubs  |   Posted on Oct 29th, 2007 0

    Red Sux

  27. Greg  |   Posted on Oct 30th, 2007 0

    jdubs schlub.

    See, rhyming is easy!

  28. Genius pun jdubs, pure genius. If your not writing for Letterman or conan by the end of the week, its a crime against humanity. Changing sox to sux, i mean, seriously, thats the stuff of legends. Kudos to you my friend, KUDOS.

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