On Thursday we were fortunate enough to show off some of our caps at McGreevy's 3rd Base Saloon in Boston. McGreevy's proclaims it's America's first sports bar w/ its original location closing during Prohibition. In 2008, led by Dropkick Murphys founder Ken Casey the bar reopened at its new location on Boylston Street.
McGreevy's and Scalawags have a lot of parallels because both celebrate heritage, history, and tradition. The original bar was established by Michael "Nuf Ced" Mcgreevy who helped form an early Red Sox supporters club called the Royal Rooters. They would enjoy some pints at the bar (clad in scally caps) and then march down to Fenway where they would cheer, taunt, sing, bang drums, and act wild. McGreevy's had a motley cast of characters from sinners to saints, but all coexisting and celebrating their love for baseball. It was referred to as the 3rd base saloon because third base is the last stop before home.
The fight song of these rowdy Royal Rooters was a Broadway song called Tessie. They would often sing it to taunt the opposing team. For much of the Red Sox early success this song was present. Then the song stopped and so did the World Series titles. In 2004, Dropkick Murphys did their modern take on the song and the Sox won their first World Series since 1918. Did the song break a curse or are Dropkicks just a bunch of lucky punk bastards? You decide...
Much like the new bar has given the original saloon a modern kick in the ass and Dropkick Murphys gave the song Tessie a modern kick in the ass, Scalawags is giving hats/clothing a modern kick in the ass all while preserving the heritage. The night definitely inspired some new ideas..