Boston all set for Rally Monday
The Standells and Dropkick Murphys to perform live
BOSTON -- "Dirty Water" meets civic participation next week in Boston, where the Red Sox will celebrate their first Rally Monday since 2005.
The Standells, who in 1966 recorded the anthem that plays after every Red Sox home win, are among several bands scheduled to participate in a festival of baseball and music. The event, which will run from 4-7 p.m. ET on Monday at Boston City Hall Plaza is open to the public, free of charge.
Rally Monday, instituted in 2004, has grown into an annual event in Major League cities with playoff-bound teams. Each participating club, in conjunction with Major League Baseball, has prepared an entertainment slate that typically includes live music, playoff ticket giveaways, local vendors and celebrity appearances. The event also gives local and national business partners a chance to capitalize on the excitement of each club's advancement into the playoffs and engage fans in a celebration setting.
"Rally Monday," said Tim Brosnan, MLB's executive vice president of business, "is an opportunity to highlight the achievements of the eight teams in postseason play and acknowledge and thank baseball fans in each market. Rally Monday announces that these eight clubs have a shot to achieve their ultimate goal -- to win the World Series."
With participation from Mayor Thomas Menino, Boston is looking to eclipse the fan frenzy of Rally Mondays in New York, Cleveland and Los Angeles. The Red Sox finished nine games out of the playoffs in 2006 and haven't won a World Series since 2004 -- too long, maybe, in the estimation of some of Boston's younger fans.
To that end, the 2007 Sox are right where they need to be. They took the field on Friday night needing to lop just two games off their magic number to clinch their first division title since 1995. They have held first place since April 18, longer than any team in Red Sox history. Only the 1946 Red Sox, who held first place for the final 155 days of their season, come close to approaching the 2007 club's 163 straight days in first.
Boston's previous two Rally Mondays took place in 2004 and 2005, both at Fenway Park. The Red Sox want to fill City Hall Plaza the way they've maxed out Fenway's confines in more than four consecutive years of sellouts.
In addition to the Standells and the Dropkick Murphys, whose "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" plays every time closer Jonathan Papelbon enters a game at Fenway -- the Dropkicks, as their fans call them, will play songs from their new album, "The Meanest of Times" -- Boston's Rally Monday will feature a tribute to the 1967 Red Sox.
Monday marks the 40th anniversary of the "Impossible Dream." On Oct. 1, 1967, Boston beat Minnesota, capturing its first American League pennant in nearly two decades.
Rally Monday, Presented by Bank of America, will be aired by NESN on tape delay from 8-10 p.m. on Monday.
Alex McPhillips is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.