Ben Gibbard, a Bremerton native and lead singer for Death Cab for Cutie, released a cheerful ode to former Mariner’s outfielder Ichiro Suzuki that he had stashed away until Monday night. Suzuki was traded to the New York Yankees earlier in the day.
“I wrote this a few years ago,” Gibbard said via SoundCloud. “Today seems like the best day to let you all hear it. Thank you, Ichiro.”
Gibbard, also lead singer of The Postal Service, is known for mellow and melancholy songs for the most part, but isn’t shy about his love and devotion for Suzuki, who played 12 seasons with the Mariners.
“When he steals second, he don’t say, ‘ please’,” Gibbard sings in “Ichiro’s Theme.” “If they’re not careful, he’ll take third too. Oh, Ichiro, it’s why we love you.”
Listen to it below.