In the interest of being fair and balanced, I just want to end the whole "Tessie" debate by presenting a sampling of the saner, more encouraging e-mails that poured in yesterday. In the end, the anti-Tessie responses dwarfed the pro-Tessie ones by an enormous margin. At least now I feel better about bringing children into this world.
The people who like Tessie are the same people who sing along with Sweet Caroline and claim it's some sacred tradition, like it's deeply rooted in Sox history. It's these people, miserable bandwagon and fair weather fans, who have ruined the Fenway Park experience for the real fans. Sweet Caroline, like these losers, has only been present in the park for a few years, and I for one, can't wait to get rid of both of them.
It's become impossible for real fans to get tickets, because going to the pahk to get wasted and sing Sweet Caroline at the top of your lungs has become the in thing to do lately. Even if the Sox are getting killed, people belt the song out like it was the sole reason they were there. In fact in those games that the Sox are losing, right after Sweet Caroline is precisely when these false fans start emptying out. These people apparently also think that in order to be a "real Sox fan" they need to be the most obnoxious subhumans on the face of the earth. I'm all for a festive atmosphere at the games, but I could do without the stupid sing-alongs, and the idiots who would rather get wasted and yell on their cell phones instead of watching the game.
Don't worry, the silent majority is with you. Your constant derision of Tessie is one of the forces on the Ballpark (vs. Theme park) side...I noticed everybody who wrote in stating otherwise was wearing a pink hat.
Eric, The "Doodletown Pipers" line you threw out there today nearly got me fired, I laughed out loud. Hysterical.
I missed the original piece you wrote about "Tessie", but let me say that I doubt I could even associate with anyone who would admit publicly that they like that deplorable song. "Tessie" makes Red Sox fans look like a collection of imbeciles. It's to the point that I hope The Standells make a 15 minute version of "Dirty Water" so I can get out of the park safely before the OneTrickPony Murphys come across the PA system and pollute our ears. Anyone who can listen and/or sing along to those lyrics with any level of seriousness is in need of some form of therapy.
Eric, that song and band is the absolute worst. Has the music scene in Boston gotten so bad that this piece of garbage is hailed as a great contribution to music? Nothing but a bar band that probably sounds good to the drunks at midnight after slamming back their 8th Jager shot. Give me a break.
I would be just fine with organ music being played at the ballpark and between innings. With the exception of Neil Diamond and the Standels.
Eric, I couldn't agree with you more about Tessie. It was cool in 2004, but then again so was the idiots theme, and cowboy up the year before. Those things have a shelf life. Keep this in mind, there are people who eat that stuff up. My point, they're out there Wilbur, and they outnumber us.
I am a 26 year old Sox fan. My family has had season tickets for over 40 years. I wish they would just bring back the organ music that you could barely hear. If I wanted to listen to bad, loud music near Fenway I would just go to Avalon or Club Axis. Thank you for having the guts to stand up and take on that horrible, horrible, horrible song.
Brian, North End
Hey Eric, You are not alone. I hate Tessie, and I'm not a fan of the Dropkick Murphys at all. I want the song to go away. I'm tired of hearing that putrid mix of grunge, piano, and bagpipes... BAGPIPES! ... every time I want to enjoy a Red Sox game, I wish that song had come out a year earlier so people would associate it with the horrific ending to the 2003 season rather than giving it all the credit for the championship in 2004.
You know what would be nice? Remember when Remy got the music for the Aflak trivia question changed just by saying, "I hate that music, it needs to be changed,” and they changed it the very next night? We need to get Remy on our side. They will listen to that man. If he says he doesn’t like Tessie, the song will disappear. It’s happened before! It can happen again.
I have to wonder... if the Sox stopped playing that song in their commercials, stopped playing "Sweet Caroline" in the eighth, and didn't play "Dirty Water" after a Sox win (I do not support that) if the collective group of people that emailed you before would go into shock and start having seizures. Apparently the Sox marketing brass seems to think they will and are looking out for their health and welfare, because I can see no other reason to keep cramming this crap down our throats! I don't care if they play it once in a while, but can't we do something different for a change? I don't want Tessie to become a tradition, but that's what it looks like is starting to happen!
Please continue to criticize Tessie whenever you feel like doing so. I hope you write another blog about how much you hate it tomorrow. This quality criticism needs to continue. The Tessie-haters need your strong voice. Somebody needs to stop this marketing monster before it eats everything we love about the Red Sox!
-Dave from Gloucester
Eric- After reading how many Sox fans are actually in favor of Tessie, I was horrified! It is one of the worst written songs I've ever heard with horrible instrumentation and crappy singing. It's great to see that most people are clueless as to what good music really is.
I am a recent graduate from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and am an AVID Sox fan...I find myself pouring over Sox stats more times than not and I watch the game twice a day. But just because it's a song the Red Sox choose to use doesn't mean I'm going to like it. In fact, whenever I hear it, I turn it off immediately. When they chose a song that doesn't sound bad, maybe I'll listen but until then, Sweet Caroline is where it's at for me.
You should post a blog that shows the Sox fans that DON'T like Tessie because I'm sure there's more of them out there than you think. Thanks for your constant reading material...you rock man.
Couldn’t agree with you more, I cannot stand the song Tessie and I am extremely embarrassed as a Sox fan that it has such “legs” in the Nation.
Ugh…I’m with you. I don’t know what people find appealing about that song. Then again, I just find the Dropkicks to be far too abrasive for my tastes (that’s too abrasive, not too loud). I never was a fan of “Dirty Water” either. I used to like “Sweet Caroline”, but…well…the last couple of years have kind of killed that for me.
Oh, and I don’t think my music taste should dictate whether or not I’m a “true” Red Sox fan as one of your readers seems to think. Then again, if you ask me to define a “true” Red Sox fan, then 90% of the people at Fenway each night wouldn’t qualify.
If there is a group of Tessie haters forming I would love to join it. That song is so unbelievably annoying I want to stab q-tips through my eardrums every time it comes on. It wouldn't be so bad if I only had to hear it once in awhile but hearing it every 5 minutes on NESN is too much. There is nothing "fun" or "rocking" about this tune. The Dropkick Murphys have been dead to me since the first singer left and this tune was the nail in their coffin.
Eric: I honestly can’t stand “Tessie” any more, and neither can just about everyone I know. I’m with you, buddy. The same people who still dig that song are probably the same ones who yell out “So good! So good! So good!” during “Sweet Caroline.”
Eric, I am a big Red Sox fan and I am so tired of these bandwagon jumpers that just started going to games circa 2002-2003 who only care about hearing “Sweet Caroline”, “Tessie”, and “Dirty Water.” These are the same people who will ask how many innings are in a game right after they brag that they’ve been to (fill in the blank with any number) games this year. True story: Went to a game last MAY. Listened to some girl brag that she’d already been to 8 games and has tickets to 12 more, then a little while later, asked, “how many innings are there again?” As you said, when did Fenway become an amusement park?
I also don’t think 90% of these “fans” know the significance of the song other than the marketing department at Fenway shoved it down our throats 2 years ago.
Eric - I'm with you. Not all of Red Sox nation loves Tessie. All the true Sox fans I know hate the stupid song. Only the pink hat wearing, arrive in the 3rd, leave in the 8th, have no clue who the retired numbers in right field even belonged to Sox fans like that awful song. I admit it was catchy back in 2004 during the playoffs and WS but now it's so overplayed.
The Sox management has pushed it on us as the theme song of the Red Sox, just like they pushed the Fisk pole, etc. on us. I like the new management's commitment to winning but attending a game at Fenway these days just isn't what it used to be thanks in large part to management catering to these new, ignorant, fair weather Sox fans.
Eric, I am a life-long Red Sox fan, and I wanted to chime in my support for your opinion on "Tessie." I absolutely hate, abhor, loathe, and otherwise dislike that rotten scream fest of a "song." The only thing worse was the asinine video that went with it.
I'd much rather have the Red Sox get Primus to do a song for Red Sox Nation. How about adapting "My Name Is Mud" instead? It could describe the Varitek versus A-Rod disagreement. ("We had our words, a common spat. So I kissed him upside the cranium with an aluminum baseball bat, My Name Is Mud")
Tom Martin, Chicopee
I can't believe what an uproar your statement caused... You are right Tessie is an AWFUL song...it makes me cringe every time I hear it. It's almost as bad as Sweet Caroline - I mean c'mon who actually listens to Neil Diamond? The Dropkicks should stick to covering AC/DC songs.
Oh and for all those people who say if you don't love Tessie you're not a true Red Sox fan - they are ignorant and have no taste in music. I've been a Sox fan all of my life.