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Death Cab's Gibbard pitches Ichiro a musical sendoff

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Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard performs at Safeco Field before a 2010 game. (Mariners image) | Zoom
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Ben Gibbard from Death Cab for Cutie performs at Safeco Field on opening day 2010 (Mariners photo)

With Ichiro on his way out of town, the tributes are pouring in. Among them comes a musical salute from another Seattle icon, Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard.

He posted the previously unreleased "Ichiro's Theme" on his Soundcloud page after the trade was announced.

"I wrote this a few years ago. Today seems like the best day to let you all hear it. Thank you, Ichiro," Gibbard wrote on his Twitter account.

The upbeat pop tune honors Ichiro's previous baserunning prowess with a healthy dose of power pop. It's also a sweet homage to another Seattle icon, former announcer Dave Neihaus.

"Go, go, go, go Ichiro. Rounding third and heading home. Don't you know he beats the throw, and Dave says on the the radio 'Ichiro you're unbelievable," Gibbard sings.

It's not the only musical tribute to Ichiro out there from Gibbard and other Seattle rockers. The Death Cab frontman partnered earlier this year with Scott McCaughey of Young Fresh Fellows fame and his former REM bandmate Peter Buck for "Ichiro Goes To The Moon," an offering included on Volume 2: High and Inside from the super group The Baseball Project.

Listen here to "Ichiro Goes to the Moon"

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