It’s been a rough year for Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard: His marriage to Zooey Deschanel ended, the Westboro Baptist Church is coming after him, and now his beloved Seattle Mariners have parted ways with their most iconic player.
Yesterday, the Mariners traded their longtime outfielder and former batting champ (and MVP, All Star, and all-time single season hits record holder) Ichiro Suzuki to the New York Yankees in exchange for a pair of pitching prospects.
Baseball-wise, it’s probably a good move for Seattle; Ichiro’s productivity has been steadily declining and they need young arms if they want to compete next year in the pitching-heavy AL West. Still, it’s a bummer for Mariners fans, as Ichiro was the team’s most recognizable and beloved player since Ken Griffey, Jr. left Seattle.
In response to the news that Ichiro had been traded (and to the hated Yankees, no less), Gibbard unearthed a song called “Ichiro’s Theme” that he wrote and recorded in honor of the iconic Mariner.
“I wrote this a few years ago,” Gibbard wrote on his SoundCloud page. ” Today seems like the best day to let you all hear it. Thank you, Ichiro.”
You can hear the track below. It’s a reminder of what an impact Ichiro had on baseball in Seattle—and what a huge Mariners fan Gibbard is.
Next up for Gibbard? A solo album called Former Lives, out October 16.