After nine Major League seasons in Pittsburgh, the Pirates would trade Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants. But on Friday night, Cutch would return for the first time. The response? Nothing short of amazing, and something he’ll never forget.
“It shows you what this fan base is all about. They’re ride or die, and they’ve been riding with me and it seems like they’re going to keep riding with me.”
But more than that, he appreciates the moment. Additionally, he appreciates Pittsburgh catcher Francisco Cervelli giving the crowd time to appreciate their former outfielder.
“Cervelli did a good job, just giving me that moment, giving me the time. I told him I was ready to go but he shook his head no, so I was able to step back and continue to be in the moment. … He gave it to me and I appreciated it. That is something you don’t want to rush through.”
On the field, the Pirates would win 11-2 Friday night and improve their record to a surprising 22-16. Remember, this is a team that got rid of both McCutchen and starter Gerrit Cole. For the Giants, Cutch is batting just .248 but has a .372 OBP to go along with six doubles and three home runs. In nine seasons with Pittsburgh, McCutchen would slash .291/.379/.487, racking up five All-Star appearances and 2013 MVP honors along the way.
Meanwhile, the Giants are still hanging in there at 19-20 but they’ve lost five in a row. Can they turn it around?