Originally written on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 10/24/14

23 June 2009: Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen (22) fields a fly ball during the Cleveland Indians 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo via Newscom

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There are a million things that I'd like to write about over this All-Star break because the storybook first half that the Pirates just finished up lends itself to a million different stories. I've been waiting for this kind of thing for forever, really, and now that I have a few days without baseball games I want to write about all of them all at once. I'll do my best to get through them in the next 72 hours or so, but before we launch into this in earnest I wanted to take some time and talk about Andrew McCutchen. I started WHYGAVS in April of 2005. It's no coincidence that this is when I started paying much more attention to things beyond the final on-field product in Pittsburgh. The more I wrote, the more I became interested in all of the things that went into building a successful Major League organization (and the more I realized how hopeless the Pirates were at the time). In June of that year, the Pirates drafted Andrew McCutchen. If you check back through my ...
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