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Cool moment: Pirates’ fans interrupt game to salute All-Star McCutchen

Mark Townsend
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In a selection that was six days overdue, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen was named to the National League All-Star team on Saturday night. Manager Bruce Bochy made it official, tabbing him as the replacement for Miwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, who pulled out due to a lingering issue with his left calf that has cost him seven straight games.

During the fourth inning of Pittsburgh's 6-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs, McCutchen's All-Star selection was announced to the PNC Park crowd via the video scoreboard. Within seconds, the 39,235 in attendance erupted into a thunderous applause, interrupting the at-bat of Friday's hero, Michael McKenry.

After McKenry doubled, the roar only grew louder, forcing McCutchen to step out of the dugout and acknowledge the fans with a wave.

Watch Pittsburgh salute its All-Star

McCutchen was given another warm reception when he stepped up to bat in the fifth. After the game, he spoke about what the experience meant to him: {YSP:MORE}

"They told me a couple innings before that," McCutchen said. "That was great to see (the fans) show their support. It showed they're behind me. It showed me that, even before they found out, I was an All-Star to them, and that's a good feeling."

I love to hear that and I really enjoyed watching this moment play out for everybody involved. It was nice for McCutchen, who certainly deserves the honor bestowed upon him. And it's also good to see a baseball city that has been for waiting 20 years to be excited about something, really embracing the team and appreciating every little moment of what could be a very special season for their franchise.

Good for Andrew McCutchen. And good for the entire city of Pittsburgh.

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