Andrew McCutchen eyes emotional return in Pittsburgh: ‘If I cry, I cry’ | MLB


There might be some tears at PNC Park Friday when Andrew McCutchen makes his return to Pittsburgh.

A few of these tears is perhaps from McCutchen.

The 2013 NL MVP, who revitalized the struggling Pirates franchise throughout 9 seasons with the Bucs, was traded to the Giants within the offseason. The 2 groups begin a three-game sequence Friday. McCutchen instructed reporters he received emotional when he ran right into a Pirates videographer heading into the clubhouse. Issues may get much more emotional when the Pirates play tribute movies that includes McCutchen’s highlights earlier than his first at-bat and when he first takes the sphere.

“Individuals have requested, ‘The way you going to really feel? What’s it going to be like?’ I do not know till I am there and till I am within the second,” McCutchen stated (by way of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Overview).

“If I cry, I cry. Large whoop. You are speculated to. And I if I do not, I do not.”

McCutchen had stated he needed to complete his profession in Pittsburgh, however the Pirates traded him to the Giants in January for Kyle Crick, minor league outfielder Bryan Reynolds and $500,000 in worldwide bonus pool area. Whereas the Pirates made the transfer for financial causes, many followers weren’t blissful. They nonetheless love “Cutch,” and the 31-year-old outfielder nonetheless has a particular place in his coronary heart for town.

Pirates gamers can have their very own feelings to take care of when going through McCutchen. Chad Kuhl, who’s set to begin Saturday towards the Giants, stated he’ll always remember his first encounter with the five-time All-Star, at spring coaching in 2014.

“He may need stated, ‘Hey,’ and I used to be simply sort of star-struck,” Kuhl stated (by way of “I walked proper by him and nearly froze. I used to be simply star-struck. I used to be like, ‘Holy crap, that was Andrew McCutchen.’ I had that star-struck second first time seeing him.”

This might be a homecoming for McCutchen in additional methods than one — he and his household nonetheless have a house in Pittsburgh. He is in a position to keep at dwelling together with his spouse, Maria, and five-month-old son Metal Stefan McCutchen on this “street journey.”

“We love our home. Ain’t nothing going to vary that. That is our dwelling, man,” McCutchen stated.

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