Category Archives: Rock ‘n’ Roll

The Best Song About Baseball Players: “Ichiro Goes to the Moon”


“Ichiro Goes to the Moon” by the mighty Baseball Project takes the #1 spot in this SB Nation survey, beating out songs about Ken Griffey Jr., Hank Aaron, Jackie Robinson, Joe DiMaggio, Willie Mays, Stan Musial and other greats. Here’s my first post about the tune, including this live version I filmed in 2011…

Ichiro Rock #8: Take Care

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From the Village Voice music blog comes The Athlete Rap Albums We Should’ve Gotten in the ’90s. I get that these are fictional albums, though I’m not sure if they’re spoofing of any existing albums in particular…

Ichiro Suzuki – Take Care

Track Listing

1 – Over My Dead Ichiro

2 – Shot For Ichiro

3 – Headlines (About Ichiro)

4 – Ichiro Love

5 – Take Ichiro

6 – Ichiro’s Room

7 – Buried Alive (Ichiro)

8 – Under Ground Ichiro

9 – We’ll Be Ichiro

10 – Make Ichiro Proud

11 – Ichiro Knows

12 – Ichiro / Good Ones Go Ichiro

13 – Doing Ichiro Wrong

14 – The Real Ichiro

15 – Look What Ichiro Done

16 – HYFR (Ichiro)

17 – Ichiro

18 – The Ride (feat. Ichiro)

Hypothetical The Source Rating – 1 Mic

You know, for a second this album actually tricked me into thinking it was a classic. That was a close one.

Note that Ichiro didn’t actually play for the Mariners in the ’90s — he was still in Japan.

Ichiro Rock #7: “Ichi-Rock” by Mark Rivers

This 2001 song comes from a one-track CD I recently bought for cheap on eBay by a guy named Mark Rivers. The front cover is in the above video; this is the back cover…

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Here are the lyrics, if you wanna sing along…

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Ichiro vs. Bernie Williams

Ichiro has worn uniform #51 since 1992, when he was an 18-year-old rookie playing for the Orix BlueWave in Japan. When he became a Mariner in 2001, he was at first reluctant to wear 51, since it was previously sported by former Mariner pitching sensation Randy Johnson. However, he agreed to it anyway: “I’m very fortunate the Mariners would let me wear 51, and I’ll work hard not to damage the reputation of the number.”

On Monday, upon his trade to the Yankees, he had to give 51 up. In New York, the number is closely identified with beloved Yankee outfielder Bernie Williams, who played his entire pro career in the Bronx between 1991 and 2006. The Yankees haven’t retired Bernie’s number, but they won’t let Ichiro wear it, either. So, Ichiro is now #31.

What other connections do Ichiro and Bernie have? Not much, though they both appeared on a 2001 Upper Deck baseball card (above), and they both have recorded solo albums on acoustic guitar…

Actually, that second album was recorded by some other Ichiro Suzuki. My bad.

Ichiro to the Yankees: The Day After

Here’s some Ichiro/Yankee stuff I found online this morning, like all these gifs

…some cool art…

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Oyl in Tokyo

…a newly released song by Seattle resident/Mariner fan/Death Cab for Cutie dude Ben Gibbard, titled “Ichiro’s Theme”…

…a bit of silliness…

…and a couple interesting links: Sportspress Northwest‘s exhaustive compilation of highlights of Ichiro’s 11-1/2 seasons in Seattle, and the Japanese reaction.

More to follow.

Ichiro Rock #6: At-Bat Music

Culled from a variety of sources, these are some tunes that have accompanied Ichiro’s Safeco Field at-bats over the last decade…

“In Da Club” by 50 Cent
“Lady Marmalade” by Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil Kim and Mya
“In the Ayer” by Flo Rida
“Jump” by Flo Rida
“Sugar” by Flo Rida
“Shut It Down” by Pitbull
“S&M” by Rihanna
“Identity” by Ringo Shiina
“Yokushitsu” by Ringo Shiina
“The Sweet Escape” by Gwen Stefani
“All I Do is Win” by T-Pain
“Take It to da House” by Trick Daddy
“Yeah!” by Usher
“Super Mario Brothers Theme”

The dumb illustration comes from this Seattle Weekly article.

Ichiro Rock #5: “Ichiro” by Terry Cashman

Cashman has milked his dopey 1981 novelty hit Talkin’ Baseball far beyond its worth, with customized versions for nearly every Major League team (as well as for The Simpsons, which is actually kinda cool).

His Ichiro tribute is a generic, mid-tempo rocker, though he rolls his Rs whenever he sings “Ichiro,” presumably for authenticity.

From the 2002 EP Talkin’ Baseball: Seattle Mariners.