Are you (gasp) sick of hearing the Dropkick Murphy's right about now (or always, for that matter)?
Thankfully, I've created the ultimate playlist for you, while you bask in the glory of the Red Sox 2007 World Series Championship. One song dedicated to every member of the Red Sox. Enjoy:
Jonathan Papelbon – “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor” – Arctic Monkeys
Key Lyric: Well I bet that you look good on the dance floor/Dancing to electro-pop like a robot from 1984
Not since the updated Electric Slide hit the 1995 Bar Mitzvah circuit has a dance craze swept the nation like Papelbon’s jig. He may be clinically insane, but he’s amazing and we love him for it.
Tim Wakefield – “Float On” – Modest Mouse
Key Lyric: Don't you worry we'll all float on/All float on
With injury problems creeping up on the Senior Sox, it may be time for Tim to Float on into retirement and the Red Sox Hall Of Fame
Eric Gagne – “Everyday I Love You Less And Less” – Kaiser Chiefs
Key Lyric: And everyday I love you less and less /You're turning into something I detest/And everybody says that your a mess/Since everyday I love you less and less
I remember sitting in the Cask n’ Flagon for Eric Gagne’s debut. He looked amazing, save for a bloop hit. Flash forward a few weeks, and hearing the phrase ‘Now Pitching, Eric Gagne’, provokes a bloodcurdling scream. The record setting closer can now only be trusted with an 8+ run lead.
Daisuke Matsuzaka – “Oh My God” – Mark Ronson feat. Lilly Allen (though technically a Kaiser Chiefs song)
Key Lyric: Oh my God I can’t believe it/I’ve been this far away from home
Towards the end of the year it became apparent that Matsuzaka was not the same pitcher he was overseas, mainly because he wasn’t getting the same calls he was used to. As his reputation grows, so will his strike zone.
Jon Lester – “Two Headed Boy” – Neutral Milk Hotel
Key Lyric: Two-headed boy/There is no reason to grieve/The world that you need is wrapped in gold silver sleeves
You never know what you’re gonna get when Lester is on the mount. It’s either a dominating performance by a stud prospect or a grueling 4 inning, 7 walk outing.
Curt Schilling – “The Black Hawk War, or, How to Demolish an Entire Civilization and Still Feel Good About Yourself in the Morning, or, We Apologize for the Inconvenience but You're Going to Have to Leave Now, or, 'I Have Fought the Big Knives and Will Continue to Fight Them Until They Are Off Our Lands!'" – Sufjan Stevens
Key Lyrics: Ironically, this song is instrumental.
The most wordy song title on my iPod goes to the most verbose member of the Red Sox. Normally I like to take Schill to task, but when it was ‘Put Up or Shut Up’ time in the playoffs, he Put Up. Who knows where he’ll be next year, though.
Josh Beckett – "Rock The House" – Gorillaz
Key Lyric: Taking you to another landscape/Is my mandate
Without Josh Beckett's pitching there’s no way we’d be where we are this year. Case in point: 2006, when Beckett was not the dominant force he was today
Mike Timlin – "Time Is Running Out" – Muse
Key Lyric: Our time is running out
Another veteran pitcher probably heading towards retirement after a great career and great playoffs.
Manny Delcarmen – "Welcome Home" – Coheed & Cambria
Key Lyric: Hang on to the glory at my right hand.
Local kid getting to pitch for his hometown team in the World Series? Pretty cool.
Clay Buchholz – "Song For Clay" – Bloc Party
Key Lyric: I am trying to be heroic/In an age of modernity./I am trying to be heroic/because all around me history sings.
Javier Lopez – "Who Cares?" – Gnarls Barkley
Key Lyric: Who cares?
Hideki Okajima – "Decent Days And Nights" – The Futureheads
Key Lyric: If you work it out tell me what you find
After giving up a Home Run to the first batter he ever faced, Okie became our second most reliable reliever this season, putting together an amazing season to everyone’s surprise.
Manny Ramirez – “Carry On My Wayward Son” – Kansas
Key Lyric: Carry on my wayward son/There’ll be peace when you are done.
Manny is so misunderstood by the media that when he broke his silence only to say something completely rational (It’s only a game), he was buried. He should just keep doing what he’s doing (Being a bad, bad man, man) for his remaining years and retire as one of the greatest Left Fielders of all time.
Coco Crisp – "Deadwood" – Dirty Pretty Things
Key Lyric: Don’t give me that face /I know when I should live in disgrace /Not dig up the deadwood/I knew this place was never the place for me
See ya, Coco. At least he boosted his trade value with that catch in Game 7 of the ALCS.
JD Drew – "Sometimes I Don’t Get You" – Yo La Tengo
Key Lyric: Sometimes I don't know you/It's like we never met
J.D. Drew’s swing is gorgeous, only too many times it’s end result is a ground out to 2nd base. Sometimes he’s amazing in the field, other times it’s like watching a deleted scene from Angels In The Outfield (pre Christopher Lloyd’s intervention, natch). I don’t know what to make of this dude.
Eric Hinske – "These Are The Fables" – The New Pornographers
Key Lyric: These are fables on my street
Remember when Eric Hinske was Rookie Of The Year? Me neither. He better stay the hell away from Pedroia and Ellsbury.
Jacoby Ellsbury – "Run Like An Antelope" – Phish
Key Lyric: Set the gearshift to the high gear of your soul/You’ve got to run like an antelope/Out of control
I’ve never seen a member of the Red Sox take two bases on a Wild Pitch with such ease. Jacoby is going to be a breath of fresh air in Boston allowing the Sox to mix in a little small ball with their typical AL play.
Bobby Kielty - "Wake Up" - Arcade Fire
Key Lyric: With my lightning bolts a-glowing/I can see where I am going
Kielty woke up from his bench induced slumber (not including the snooze alarm that is C.C. Sabathia) to hit the World Series winning home run. Bobby "bleeping" Kielty. The finest redhead to don a Red Sox uniform in years
Kevin Youkilis – "Israel’s Son" – Silverchair
Key Lyric: I am Israel’s son/Put your hands in the air
I couldn’t find any songs about horrid facial hair (ZZ Top songs don’t count) so I have to give props to a fellow chosen son. With Adam Stern and Gabe Kapler gone, it’s just me and you, buddy!
Julio Lugo – "Let’s Call It Off" – Peter Bjorn and John
Key Lyric: Did you agree/ we just let it be/And did you agree/ It's a must/Let's call the whole thing off.
Hopefully we’re dunzo with the Julio Lugo experience. I know I’m dunzo with saying dunzo, however.
Dustin Pedroia – "Emerge" – Fischerspooner
Key Lyric: Feels good/Looks good/Sounds good/Looks good
I find it hilarious that Dustin, nee Dusty, would listen to horrible techno music
I’m part of a 3 person campaign to rename Dustin as Dusty, join the fight
Despite the man’s serious Napoleon Complex, he has emerged as one of the team’s superstars.
Mike Lowell – "So Come Back, I Am Waiting" – Okkervil River
Key Lyric: So come back and we'll take them all on.
My gut feeling tells me Mike Lowell will not be back, but I’m hoping he’ll take a 2 year deal with the Sox, and play Gold Glove caliber defense on the way to a few more World Series titles.
Alex Cora - "Fancy Claps" - Wolf Parade
Key Lyric: We'll be home then/We can sing and/We'll be home then
Cora has been relegated to hanging out in the dugout and joining in in celebratory handshakes with happy teammates. Best. Job. Ever.
Jason Varitek – "Ride Captain Ride" – Blues Image
Key Lyric: Ride captain ride/Upon your mystery ship/On your way to a world/That others might have missed.
He’s getting up there in age, his bat is slowing, but he’s still the brains of our operation.
Doug Mirabelli – "Wake Me Up When September Comes" – Green Day
Key Lyric: Wake me up when September comes
Keeping a pretty bad backup catcher on the roster solely to catch a knuckleballer doesn’t really make sense. Neither does this song selection.
David Ortiz – "The Man Of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts "– Sufjan Stevens
Key Lyric: Man of Steel, Man of Heart /Turn your ear to my part /There are things you have said/Raise the boat, and raise the dead
Big Papi, our personal smiling Superman single-handedly got us to the promised land in 2004 and the momentum is still carrying in Red Sox Nation.
Terry Francona – "Everything In It’s Right Place" – Radiohead
Key Lyric: Everything in it’s right place
Tito made all the right moves all year.