The Dropkick Murphys were formed in Quincy, Massachusetts, a working-class 'burb in the shadow of Boston, and as such, they've spent the majority of their lives living as "long-suffering" Red Sox fans.
That all changed in 2004, when the Sox ended an 86-year drought and won the World Series — perhaps thanks in part to the Murphys, who resurrected a song called "Tessie," a Broadway song that had been the unofficial theme of the Sox during the last time they'd won the Series (way back in 1918). The Dropkicks' version became the song of the '04 season, and secured the band a place in Red Sox lore.
Fast-forward to Sunday night, when the Sox found themselves in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park. One more win, and they'd be back in the Series ... so who did they call to help put them over the top? Why, none other than the Dropkick Murphys.
The band set up in center field minutes before the pivotal game to play "The Star-Spangled Banner" and a pair of other tunes ("I'm Shipping Up to Boston," which featured heavily in Martin Scorsese's "The Departed," and, of course, "Tessie") to fire up the Fenway faithful. It was a moment that the band would never forget, except there was just one problem: extra-tight Major League Baseball security wouldn't allow the Murphys' camera crew into the game, so they had no way of capturing it for posterity.
But the ever-resourceful Dropkicks turned to their merch guy, who smuggled in a handheld camera and shot some guerrilla-style footage. And after the Sox won, they decided to celebrate by giving the tapes (and a handwritten note from band photographer/editor Greyson Welch) to MTV News.
The World Series kicks off Wednesday night (October 24) in Boston.