Dropkick Murphys’ Ken Casey Claims He Was Misquoted About Jonathan Papelbon, Discussion of Closer’s Song Was Joke

Days after stating that Jonathan Papelbon could not use "Shipping Up to Boston" while pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies, the Dropkick Murphys are trying to clear the air.

The band released a statement on their Facebook page claiming that lead singer/bassist Ken Casey was misquoted during an interview with ESPN.

"What's this we hear about us telling Papelbon he can't use Shipping Up To Boston as his entry song?" the band wrote. "We would never do that! It was a joke, people!"

The band then went on to insinuate that Papelbon was looking for a little revenge after Casey and Papelbon threw tomatoes at each other during a charity event last summer.

Casey was originally quoted saying that Papelbon would not be allowed to use the song, and that he should instead use "Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya," another Murphy's song.

Regardless of the misquote, the chances of Papelbon using "Shipping Up to Boston" in Philadelphia are very slim. Perhaps he should try to find a new song that will best suit his new situation.

Check out the "good shot" that Papelbon got on Casey during the Rotten Tomato Karaoke charity event last year in the video below.


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