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Ben Gibbard Unearths 'Ichiro's Theme'

Pacific Northwest native pays tribute to former Seattle Mariner

Ben Gibbard
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July 24, 2012 10:05 AM ET

After longtime Seattle Mariner and 10-time MLB All-Star Ichiro Suzuki was traded to the New York Yankees yesterday, Pacific Northwest native Ben Gibbard unearthed a tribute to the former American League MVP. Posting "Ichiro's Theme" on his Soundcloud page, Gibbard wrote, "I wrote this a few years ago. Today seems like the best day to let you all hear it. Thank you, Ichiro." The song drives with vintage power-pop melodies while Gibbard sings fondly of Ichiro's base-stealing prowess, gushing, "Ichiro, you're wonderful." He even slips in a reference to the late, beloved Mariners play-by-play announcer Dave Niehaus.

Gibbard is set to release his first solo album, Former Lives, on October 16th in the U.S.

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