Ben Gibbard’s Extremely Catchy Ode to Ichiro Suzuki
Seattle Mariners star Ichiro Suzuki surprised MLB fans by announcing his move to the other coast to join the New York Yankees, and one Seattle-area resident is taking the move a little less brutally than others but with as much sentimentality. Today, Ben Gibbard, frontman of Death Cab For Cutie, released "Ichiro’s Theme," a hooky, jangly pop number honoring Seattle’s longtime homer-hitter he had written several years prior. With a driving proclamation of "Go, go go go Ichiro / rounding third and heading for home," the track highlights the outfielder’s prowess and will have you bopping your head after just a few lines. Gibbard told fans via Twitter that he was "Totally okay with this trade. Thanks for your best years, Ichiro. We will always look back on them fondly."
Gibbard’s Suzuki track is great, but as an added bonus, here are a few other memorable pop music odes to Major League Baseball.
Belle & Sebastian – "Piazza, New York Catcher"
Piazza’s sexual orientation and Sandy Koufax’s faith are among the baseballing questions pondered in one of Belle & Sebastian’s most notable folky tunes.
The Mountain Goats – "Cubs In Five"
John Darnielle’s frantic love songs sound all the more desperate when they speak of promises of a Chicago Cubs World Series. The wishful thinking can be too much to bear sometimes.
Kanye West feat. Lil Wayne – "Barry Bonds"
In terms of (former) Major League Baseball sluggers who could match Kanye West for braggadocio, hype and occasional controversy, you could do a lot worse for metaphor than Barry Bonds.
Scott Stapp – "Marlins Will Soar"
Just wanted to remind everyone that this was something that happened.