Saturday, July 28, 2012


From 51 to 31, What are the Chances of That?

"Ichiro Suzuki is in the last year of his contract with the Seattle Mariners. That being said, many believe that this season, after everything he's accomplished, he'll retire. I suspect he hasn't done 1 thing a New York Yankee." -- BYB, June 2, 2012

It's been a few days already since Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard released his ode to Ichiro and I still can't get it out of my head. It's in a word, "catchy," which I guess is appropriate for an outfielder's ballad. 

As the Japan Times' Shaun McKenna noted in the Japan Pulse on Tuesday, "Gibbard... says he wrote the song in honor of Suzuki years ago but that today was the “best day” to release it to the public — Suzuki, 38, was just traded to the New York Yankees after more than 10 years with the Seattle Mariners." 

The legendary right fielder looked right at home in his "Yankee blue" away uniform as he went toe to toe with his former teammates in what used to be his home stadium just hours before. Amazingly, in a career full of amazing feats, the trade is a deal that everyone seems to be happy about, or at least happy for Ichiro about. He's sure to dazzle fans from coast to coast and around the globe once he dons the pinstripes in his new digs in the Bronx. 

In wrapping up his short "J-blip" in the Pulse, McKenna writes, "Be forewarned: The song, “Ichiro’s Theme,” is incredibly catchy." I wish I read that warning before I had listened to the song but it probably wouldn't have stopped me anyway. Ichiro fever has spread beyond the shores of the Pacific Northwest and nothing can stop it now. 

Give a listen to Ichiro's Theme and see if you don't catch the fever too. Oh and by the way, you can easily replace the words "fifty one" (Ichiro's old Mariner's jersey number) in the song's lyrics with "thirty one" (the number now stitched across the back of his Yankees uniform) when you sing along and it still sounds just as great. What are the chances of something like that happening.

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