Fenway Park is a cathedral of baseball history. Unfortunately, that description also extends to the in-game music selection. The Red Sox’ signature anthem is Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” a tacky and boring ditty that was released in 1969.
Red Sox fans are so starved for updated tunes, they’ve convinced themselves “Mr. Brightside” is some sort of crazy party song.
Thankfully, Red Sox players are aware that pop culture has advanced past 2003. This postseason, they’ve adopted an instantly recognizable gay pop anthem as their rallying cry.
I’m just dancing on my own.
And we’re not talking about the top-40 Robyn version, which is iconic in its own right. We’re talking about the vibier and updated remix from Calum Scott and Tiësto.
The post-game Red Sox clubhouse is more Club Cafe than Whiskey Priest.
Here’s the full video from FOX Sports of the Red Sox celebrating with the Calum Scott and Tiesto version of “Dancing on my Own” after winning the ALDS.— Austin Bumpus (@AustinBumpus) October 12, 2021
Alex Verdugo spinning beers, a shirtless Kiké Hernandez, and some great harmonization. This year’s bunch is a fun one. pic.twitter.com/RvrzXdsAfF
Our resident baseball aficionado Ken Schultz has already covered how the gays were unsurprisingly ahead of the curve on Kiké Hernández, this year’s Mr. October. The delicious centerfielder first captured our adoring eyes in 2019, when he showed off his talents at the Bend and Snap, a move made famous in “Legally Blonde.”
It has a 93% success rate of making my mouth water.
With that in mind, it isn’t surprising Hernández is one of the signature players on a team that’s embraced something a little less heteronormative than its opponents. Scott, who is openly gay, threw out at the first pitch at Fenway prior to Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.
He was also interviewed on WEEI, the Red Sox’ radio network. An out gay pop star is now synonymous with one of the most storied franchises in baseball.
That’s pretty cool.
Better yet, “Dancing on my Own” is the perfect anthem for the Red Sox’ 2021 season. They had a rollercoaster campaign, battling back from a myriad of obstacles: bullpen meltdowns, bad defense, a Covid-19 breakout, unfathomable late-season losses to the Orioles and Nationals.
When the playoffs began, few people thought the Red Sox would be two games away from the World Series. Then they throttled the New York Yankees and took care of the 100-win Tampa Bay Rays.
The Houston Astros have them on the brink of elimination now, but the Red Sox are comfortable with their backs against the wall.
You would expect nothing less from a team that’s down to dance on its own.