In case you missed it earlier this week, a minor kerfuffle arose in the Boston media when the Dropkick Murphys stated that Jonathan Papelbon was no longer welcome to use their song “Shipping Up To Boston” as his entrance music. Later in the week, Papelbon announced that he hadn’t been planning to use that song anyway.
Why would he? It wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense to use a song with Boston in the title when he’s pitching for Philadelphia, now would it? Papelbon apparently already has a song in mind, but isn’t saying what it is.
So what would be a good song? If he wanted to stay with the city-of-employment theme, the pickings are pretty slim when it comes to songs with Philadelphia in the title.
There’s Bruce Springsteen’s “Streets of Philadelphia”:
A little too mellow. He needs something more upbeat, maybe Elton John’s “Philadelphia Freedom”:
Nah. Too disco-y. Don’t know about you, but Elton John performing on “Soul Train” just seems like a really odd combo.
Speaking of “Soul Train”, how about a song that was once the “Soul Train” theme? Here’s “T.S.O.P. (The Sound of Philadelphia)”:
Way too disco-y. J-Pap might be tempted to do The Hustle on his way in from the bullpen (not a sight I want to see).
On the other hand, so many closer songs all sound similar – AC/DC, Metallica, etc. If we widen our titular horizons (and no, that’s not a naughty word!) to Pennsylvania in general, we could go for a Big Band sound with Glenn Miller’s “Pennsylvania 6-5000”:
Or for something really different, how about “The Pennsylvania Polka”, from America’s Polka King, Frankie Yankovic:
In case you were wondering, he is not related to Weird Al.
One song that would definitely NOT be a good choice, “Bad Nite In Philly”, from Philly’s own Public Service?!:
Certainly not a good idea for the closer’s song to foreshadow a blown save. For the amount he’s being paid, Pap better not have any “bad nites” in Philly. ;-)
So what to choose? Well, Papelbon does say that it will probably be a hard rock song. He also has that whole “Cinco Ocho”, alter ego kind of thing going on, so how about “21st Century Schizoid Man” (here the original by King Crimson, also covered by April Wine and Ozzy Osbourne):