Pirates Have Tributes Planned For Returning Andrew McCutchen

Cutch returns to Pittsburgh this weekend for the first time after being traded to the Giants

Andrew McCutchen

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – It was only a few years ago when the Pirates surged and went three straight seasons with a record above .500 making the postseason. The key player in that streak was undoubtedly Andrew McCutchen.

This off-season the Pirates did what everyone expected and traded McCutchen.

After becoming a member of the San Francisco Giants most people looked at the Pirates schedule to see when the Giants would be coming to town and after months of anticipation, Cutch is making his return tonight.

Pirates president Frank Coonelly tells the KDKA Radio Morning News they have a few tributes planned.

 “We will do two video tributes for Andrew.  We will run a short video tribute to Andrew before his first at bat. But then the longer and more meaningful video tribute will be when Andrew is taking the field at the bottom of that first inning.” said Coonelly. 

The out of town scoreboard will also have a message to Andrew giving thanks for everything he has done for the organization.

“It will be wonderful for the organization and our great fans to together welcome Andrew back to show our gratitude and appreciation for all that he did for this organization, for this city, and what he has meant to the success of the Pittsburgh Pirates, it can’t be understated,” said Coonelly. “As I’ve said many times he was our leader of a group of men who truly turned around the fate of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.”

This is a well-deserved moment for “Cutch” and it will be interesting to see how he reacts when he first walks out on the outfield, the place where his professional baseball career began.

Some fans may have not expected the Pirates to welcome back Andrew with open arms like this after trading him.

Steve Blass told Larry and John during his weekly visit it expects it will be a dramatic night at PNC Park.

“I think there is going to a lot of emotion going on inside of him. When he gets to the ballpark today I think he is going to be inundated.”

McCutchen will of course be remembered for his on-field contributions but he also donated his time to the community and was a role model for many young Bucs fans.

There is no question the fans are going to spoil Andrew with love. It is a reminder of when Marc Andre-Fleury made his return to Pittsburgh.


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