2011 Kawasaki GTR1400 AKA “Tessie”
The bike is named after The Boston Red Sox, in particular to it’s 2004 anthem, which recounts how the original 1902 Tessie was sung by the Royal Rooters fan club and helped the Boston Americans win the first World Series in 1903 and again in 2004, ending the dreaded curse… it’s the most famous of all of the Red Sox good luck charms, especially as the playoffs loom large. See below for further explanation:
Tessie has been a longtime anthem of the Boston Red Sox since 1902 and more recently since 2004. The original song gained notoriety when it was adopted as a rallying cry by the Royal Rooters, led by Michael T. McGreevy known as “Nuf Ced” McGreevy, owner of the 3rd Base saloon. McGreevy earned his nickname due to the way he kept peace in his bar: when he grew frustrated with arguments he would pound his hand on the bar and declare “‘Nuff [enough] said!”.
Boston was losing the 1903 World Series to the Pirates in the best-of-nine series, 3-1, when the group of self-proclaimed baseball fanatics called the Royal Rooters attempted to rally their team with every song they could think of. “Tessie” proved to be the most irritating to the Pirates so the Rooters stuck exclusively with this one tune. It’s rumored that the Royal Rooters actually traveled to Pittsburgh and hired a band to play “Tessie” to annoy the Pirates on their home field. Boston went on to win Games 5, 6, 7 and 8 to win the series and so ultimately “Tessie” helped win the day. Boston fans have remembered Tessie fondly through the years ever since. But the Rooters stopped singing in 1918 when they last won the World Series with the Boston going on to endure an 86-year drought before winning again in 2004 when “Tessie” was re-released by the Dropkick Murphys.
This Irish Punk band recorded it’s cover of Tessie and said it was their intention to “bring back the spirit of the Rooters and put the Red Sox back on top.” It was during the 2004 season that the Dropkick Murphys were invited to sing “Tessie” live at Fenway Park when everything changed and their goal was realised when the Boston Red Sox won their first World Series in 86 years. The second “Tessie” has since become THE theme song for the Red Sox and is the second of three songs played after every Red Sox win at Fenway Park, the first being Dirty Water by The Standells and the third is Joy To The World by Three Dog Night. But nothing gets the crowd going more that “Tessie”.