Dropkicks: Pap can't use our song

March, 6, 2012
Dropkick Murphy's bassist and lead singer Ken Casey is traveling to Clearwater, Fla., to meet with his pal and new Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon. And he's going there with a message.

"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."

Papelbon, of course, spent the past half-decade finishing games for Casey's favorite team. Each time he stormed out of the Boston Red Sox bullpen, the Dropkick Murphys' "Shipping Up To Boston" roared over the Fenway speakers.

Of course, Casey has other reasons for visiting Pap. He also hopes to iron out Papelbon's role as spokesman for the Philadelphia branch of The Claddagh Fund, a charity Casey founded to support community-based non-profits.

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