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There’s success stories and then there’s those success stories with a large dose of inspiration to go with it. The other day Pirates All-Star outfielder Andrew McCutchen posted this picture to his Twitter page which by all account is very inspiring. come a long way since livin here…Thank you God for all youve done n my life. #Ameninstagr.am/p/SOUy9djt_X/ — andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) November 19, 2012  
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