Andrew McCutchen kept himself apprised of trade rumors involving him by Googling himself. Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Andrew McCutchen admits in an essay written for The Players’ Tribune that he took to Googling himself to stay apprised of all the trade talk swirling around him this past offseason.

In a piece fittingly entitled, “Dear Pittsburgh,” as it’s a tribute to the only MLB town he’s known and its fans, McCutchen lays out his Pirates career, from his earliest days in the organization to the events of this past offseason.

McCutchen addresses the rampant trade speculation head-on, opening the piece with the following passage:

I’m not gonna lie. I Googled my own name more than a few times this off-season to see if there was any news. It was hard not to when just about every conversation I had with friends, family and even strangers started with them asking me, “So, what’s the latest?”

Truth was, I didn’t know any more than anybody else. But there were times when the rumors got so intense and the stove got so hot that I would look down at my phone, almost expecting it to ring.

McCutchen’s love for the city of Pittsburgh and devotion to Pirates fans comes through clearly throughout the essay. The outfielder writes at one point that “the city of Pittsburgh and wearing a Pirates uniform is just a part of who I am.”

McCutchen addresses the early stages of his career while paying tribute to the team’s fans, writing how they remained loyal even though the team was “mired in that streak of 20 consecutive losing seasons.”

“The Pirate fans, bless their hearts, were amazing during those years because they still showed up to support us, always reminding us what we were playing for — that it was something bigger than us,” McCutchen writes.

Despite the events of the offseason, McCutchen remains intensely loyal to the Pirates organization.

“As far as I’m concerned, until that phone rings and I’m told otherwise, I’m a Pittsburgh Pirate for life,” he writes.

To close the piece, McCutchen attempts to summarize everything he tried to articulate in the essay:

“I’m a Pirate. I don’t want to be anything else.”

This article first appeared on Sportress of Blogitude and was syndicated with permission.

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QUIZ: Name every MLB player on the Pittsburgh Pirates who hit 30 or more home runs in a season

32 members of the Pittsburgh Pirates have hit 30 or more home runs in a MLB season. How many of them can you name?

Clue: Number of home runs (year)


54 (1949)
Ralph Kiner
51 (1947)
Ralph Kiner
48 (1971)
Willie Stargell
47 (1950)
Ralph Kiner
44 (1973)
Willie Stargell
42 (1951)
Ralph Kiner
40 (1948)
Ralph Kiner
39 (1999)
Brian Giles
38 (2002)
Brian Giles
37 (2001)
Brian Giles
37 (1952)
Ralph Kiner
36 (2013)
Pedro Alvarez
35 (2006)
Jason Bay
35 (2000)
Brian Giles
35 (1961)
Dick Stuart
35 (1958)
Frank Thomas
34 (2001)
Aramis Ramirez
34 (1992)
Barry Bonds
33 (1990)
Barry Bonds
33 (1966)
Willie Stargell
33 (1972)
Willie Stargell
32 (2005)
Jason Bay
32 (1990)
Bobby Bonilla
32 (1979)
Willie Stargell
31 (2012)
Andrew McCutchen
31 (2003)
Reggie Sanders
31 (1982)
Jason Thompson
31 (1970)
Willie Stargell
30 (2012)
Pedro Alvarez
30 (1996)
Jeff King
30 (1978)
Dave Parker
30 (1953)
Frank Thomas

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