Dropkick Murphys don GM hat for Boston Red Sox!

FRIDAY MAY 20, 2005

It turns out that the Dropkick Murphys weren't content with simply delivering good karma to the Red Sox [stats, schedule] by resurrecting ``Tessie,'' the song credited with helping the hometown squad win the first World Series in 1903.

Boston's favorite Celtic-punk band also tried to deliver All-Star pitcher Tim Hudson, who will face the Sox tonight at Fenway Park as a member of the Atlanta Braves [stats, schedule].

When the band learned in December that Oakland Athletics [stats, schedule] general manager Billy Beane was looking to trade the veteran right-hander due to payroll concerns, bass player Ken Casey placed a call to California. Knowing that Beane and his daughter, Casey, were enormous fans of his band, the Milton native made a lighthearted proposal to convince the GM to trade Hudson to Boston.

``Ken is a passionate Red Sox fan and he called me and said, `If you trade him, trade him to the Sox,' '' Beane said on Wednesday in Oakland. ``He said, `If you do, we'll fly out there and play Casey's birthday (party) at the house.' Casey was in the room and she was yelling, `Dad, do it! Dad, do it!' Let's just say it wasn't a fit.''

Hudson was traded to the Braves on Dec. 16 for outfielder Charlie Thomas and pitchers Juan Cruz and Dan Meyer.

By Jeff Horrigan
Friday, May 20, 2005 - Updated: 06:47 AM EST