Ben Gibbard "Ichiro's Theme"

Ben Gibbard "Ichiro's Theme"
We recently learned that Ben Gibbard would be taking a break from his Death Cab for Cutie bandmates for his first solo album, Former Lives. However, today Gibbard has shared a solo offering that we're guessing won't make an appearance on the record.

Following the news that longtime Seattle Mariner and bona fide Japanese baseball hero Ichiro Suzuki is being traded to the New York Yankees, Gibbard shared his musical tribute "Ichiro's Theme" about the sports star. Apparently, this one was written a few years ago, but Gibbard decided it was fitting to get it out there now in the wake of the news.

He tweeted, "Totally okay with this trade. Thanks for your best years, Ichiro. We will always look back on them fondly. #Mariners #Ichiro I wrote this song a few years ago. Today seems like the best day to share it with you. Thank you so much, Ichiro."

Listen to "Ichiro's Theme" below and watch for Former Lives to drop on October 16 via Barsuk Records.