Found July 10, 2012 on Bleed Black & Gold:
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Last night Major League Baseball held their annual Home Run Derby and for the first time since 2005 the Pirates had representation at the event.  Andrew McCutchen who is leading the league in batting average was a last minute addition to the derby after Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton could not participate due to injury.

While McCutchen didn’t advance to the second round and managed only to hit 4 home runs (with two more that came really, really close) he was all smiles and definitely represented the Pirates well.  Since he was such a last minute addition he had to scramble to find a pitcher and ended up bringing one of his high school baseball coaches, Jon Spradlin, which I can only imagine was such an honor for him.

But McCutchen did manage to hit more home runs than any of the other 3 Pirates (2-Barry Bonds 1992, 0- Bobby Bonilla 1990 and 0- Jason Bay 2005) that has ever participated in the Home Run Derby.   And it seems as if he was happy that he didn’t walk away hitting zero home runs.

man,what a fun time that was!didnt hit as many as i wanted but hey…at least i didnt put up a goose egg!haha ‪#HRderby

- Andrew McCutchen @TheCUTCH22 9:07 PM – 9 Jul 12 via web

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