The news that Andrew McCutchen has reportedly been traded to the San Francisco Giants isn’t totally surprising, but it’s the kind of news that Pittsburgh Pirates fans — both young and old — will take hard. McCutchen has been the face of the Pirates for years, and is exactly the kind of dedicated, generous, gregarious player that can capture anyone’s attention — especially kids.
McCutchen won the Roberto Clemente Award in 2015 for his outstanding charity work, but his giving doesn’t stop at what people can see. After hearing about the trade on Monday afternoon, local Pittsburgh radio host Colin Dunlap showed what kind of person Andrew McCutchen is when no one is looking.
Just a few days after my daughter was diagnosed with cancer, this came in the mail.
Known him a long time and to me he will always be Andrew the man first; ballplayer second. And @TheCUTCH22 is great at being both.
Thank you. pic.twitter.com/N4jFQ6ELwf
— Colin Dunlap (@colin_dunlap) January 15, 2018
McCutchen personally drew Dunlap’s daughter Darran that picture of Wonder Woman after she was diagnosed with cancer. Dunlap didn’t ask for it, it’s just something McCutchen did because he wanted her to feel better and less alone in her fight. It’s such a thoughtful, selfless thing for him to do. Also, who knew McCutchen was so good with a pen!? That’s not some stick figure on a napkin, that’s a full Wonder Woman drawing, complete with costume and weapons! Incredibly impressive.
McCutchen has been a Pirate since he was drafted in 2005, and Pirates fans — not to mention the entire city of Pittsburgh — are going to miss McCutchen a lot. But after nearly 13 years, a big part of McCutchen will always belong to Pittsburgh, and to fans like Darran.
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