It’s Saturday, July 24, 2004. Boston's Red Sox are 52 and 44, second in the AL East, 9 1/2 games behind the first-place Yankees. The Sox are loaded with talent, but so far they've lacked a spark. The night before, at Fenway Park, the Yankees won, 8 to 7. It’s starting to look like 2004 will be another season without a championship. The 86th since 1918 when the Sox won their last World Series. The 85th since they sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees for $100,000. When they fell under the Curse of the Bambino.
But wait. Before the game there’s a band on the field: The Dropkick Murphys. The Dropkicks cut loose with a punk Irish baseball song called "Tessie." So what happens? A bench-clearing brawl, that's what. And Bill Mueller's two-run walk-off home run gives the Sox an 11-10 win.
At the time nobody credits the turning point of the season -- and Red Sox history -- to "Tessie." But in hindsight, all these years later, how could you not? "Tessie" was more than a song. She was a reincarnation.
Episode includes an interview with author/historian Glenn Stout. Source material includes the books "Red Sox Century", by Glenn Stout and Richard Johnson; "Reversing the Curse", by Dan Shaughnessy, "Why Not Us?", by Leigh Montville, and the YouTube "Beer Bloggles" interview of Ken Casey by Michael J. Cloherty.