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Andrew McCutchen – Nice Guy, Fan Favorite

As a child, one of the most exciting parts of going to a baseball game is getting autographs from players.  As a fan, I often watch from my seat to see which players will sign and which ones will not.  For me, it’s fun to watch a child turn to his mother and/or father after getting an autograph from their favorite player with a big smile on their face.  That is a memory a child will cherish for a very long-time.  In the past few years, I have noticed more and more players who refuse to sign and it just doesn’t make any sense to me.

Last month during my annual trip to Pittsburgh to watch the Pirates, I noticed something I had never seen before.  Pittsburgh Pirates Center Fielder, Andrew McCutchen, makes it a priority, every game, to sign autographs after he finishes stretching and warming up.  There was one night, in particular, when my brother turned to me and said “it’s five minutes to game-time and McCutchen is still signing autographs, that is really cool”.  I watched this happen four days in a row and couldn’t help but think how that impacts him and the way baseball fans view him.  It’s certainly out of the ordinary, it’s very positive, and it’s good for the game of baseball.

Andrew McCutchen is viewed as the “star” of the Pirates.  It’s rare to see the “star” of any team act like this all the time and that’s why he deserves a Gold Star! Well done, Andrew!

About Sam Sankovich

I am a native of Illinois, but have lived all over. Since high school, I have lived in Texas, Kentucky, Missouri, Florida, Kansas and Ohio. At the moment I am back in Illinois but hope a move back to Florida is in my near future. The first thing people think is I am a Cubs fan and a Bears fan. That’s not true. My dad’s family was born and raised in Pennsylvania (just south of Pittsburgh) and I was raised to be a fan of the Pirates and Steelers. I graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2002 with a BA degree. I majored in Radio and Television Operations and minored in Lodging Management. At this point of my life, I am following my dream of having a career in sports and love working with Joe and the team at The Good in Sports. The mission of the website and vision is second-to-none and allows us to make a difference in the lives of others. That’s important to me. In my spare time I enjoy traveling, I make it to Pittsburgh once a year to watch baseball at “The Best Ballpark in America” (PNC Park). I also enjoy trips to Panama City Beach for relaxation. I have a terrific family who always supports me in my endeavors. You can find me on Twitter, @TGIS_Sam.


5 thoughts on “Andrew McCutchen – Nice Guy, Fan Favorite

  1. Great story… thanks for sharing!

    Posted by TJ | July 15, 2011, 4:54 pm
  2. Uncle sammy
    I love:-) your blog!
    I esspecially like the picture of cutch and I !
    I miss you!


    Posted by Erika | July 16, 2011, 12:42 am
  3. Thanks Erika… I hoped you would enjoy this one! I miss you too and can’t wait to see another Pirates game with you!

    Take care!


    Uncle Sammy

    Posted by Sam | July 16, 2011, 1:13 am
  4. Thanks for this story. Taking my son to see the pirates next month, could you tell me how early we should get there and where to go to try to get his autograph? Thanks

    Posted by Carolyn | April 5, 2014, 9:43 pm
  5. Cutch signed my son’s baseball glove 4 years ago. Made his day then and it is still one of his most treasured possessions. He is a stand up guy!

    Posted by Anonymous | July 12, 2015, 1:35 am

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