While he is still a Pirate though, he says he wants to prove 2016 was a fluke and show fans “that this is just the beginning of some good stuff.” Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio.
Mc Cutchen's “Left Out” dropped in January, and I explained to him my theory that the piece took Pittsburgh's best baseball player and turned him into something much bigger, somebody who was more than a collection of awesome statistics. The best part of superstardom, Mc Cutchen said, are the opportunities it provides “to get my name out there, to get opportunities to give attention” to things he believes in.Let's not ignore the something that everybody has started thinking. And million a year — the annual salary the Trib's Rob Biertempfel reported last week was possible on a Mc Cutchen extension — would be a small price for the Pirates to pay if it meant making their best player a Pirate for life. “I think we all reminisce about players dating a team for a long time,” Pirates president Frank Coonelly said.If not Mc Cutchen, a 28-year-old former National League MVP playing on a team coming off consecutive postseason appearances and picked by many to win their division, then who? Who will get the chance to add his picture to that Wall of Fame all Pirates players walk past every spring? “When it happens — Cal Ripken with the Orioles, Derek Jeter and the Yankees, maybe Sidney Crosby for the Penguins — it's really special. He's a generational player for the Pirates.” Off and running On Saturday, after about four hours of hitting, fielding and running drills, Mc Cutchen sat through a filmed interview with the Baseball Hall of Fame and then posed for a photo shoot with ESPN The Magazine. Those off-field activities capped what felt like a week of West Coast doubleheaders. 21, Mc Cutchen filmed game-night videos that will be shown on PNC Park's video board.The next seven days brought a lot more: “bumpers” (TV promos) for Root Sports Pittsburgh; sit-down conversations with Fox Sports 1, MLB Network, and Pittsburgh- and Florida-based broadcast crews; web videos for MLB.com; staged pictures for the Pirates and Nike; and a commercial for Sony.That is a lot of action for a New York Yankee let alone a Pittsburgh Pirate, according to a former Yankee who would know. He just happens to be in Pittsburgh.” But he won't finish up in Pittsburgh, right? We're all counting down to 2018, which will mark Mc Cutchen's last summer in Pittsburgh. On Saturday, I caught myself wondering whether Mc Cutchen might be developing a kindred spirit with the greatest Pirate, Roberto Clemente, who appreciated that his stardom could be used for a greater good.“Earlier, I feel like people would have been, like, ‘Who's this guy?