Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard is missing a certain someone this morning -- and no, it's not Zooey Deschanel.
Last night, Seattle Mariners right fielder, Ichiro Suzuki, was traded to the New York Yankees after over a decade in the Pacific Northwest. Gibbard, a Seattle resident who was apparently feeling sentimental, released a new tribute to Suzuki. The song is aptly titled "Ichiro's Theme." Where's your theme, Derek Jeter?
"I wrote this a few years ago," the singer wrote, posting the track on his Soundcloud page. "Today seems like the best day to let you all hear it. Thank you, Ichiro."
The upbeat track celebrates the ballplayer's time with the team. "Go, go, go, go Ichiro. Round in third and head for home. Don't you know? He beats the throw... Ichiro, you're unbelievable," Gibbard croons on the chorus.
Gibbard recently announced his solo debut, Former Lives, which he'll release under his full name, Benjamin Gibbard.
“It wasn’t a goal and it certainly wasn’t a reaction to any sort of dissatisfaction to recording with Death Cab or anything like that,” Gibbard recently told Stereogum. He added: “In the past whenever I’ve put out any solo recordings it’s just been of a function of the time in which I was in. I’m a songwriter and that’s my job, and with every record that we’ve made there would always be a couple of tunes that just didn’t seem to fit in with the band.”
The album drops Oct. 16. Listen to "Ichiro's Theme" below.