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A McCutchen autograph?! Yeah, this woman is in fan heaven.
There's plenty of overlap between MLB 13: The Show players and MLB fans in general, so Andrew McCutchen landing on the cover of the former has some significance.
The other cover candidates included CC Sabathia, Matt Kemp, Miguel Cabrera, Buster Posey, Bryce Harper and Ryan Braun. McCutchen won handily after a five-day voting period during which fans voiced their opinions on MLB.com and Twitter. In an MLB Network interview, he hesitated to give himself credit for the successful campaign.
That genuine humility attracts many people to McCutchen. In reading what he had to say to Lisa Olson of SportingNews.com we see even more of that:
Ask McCutchen to envision his future—surely he’ll mention an elusive trip to the postseason, more All-Star games, a heap of batting titles, maybe even someday a Triple Crown—and his answer knocks you back.
In the place of personal goals he instead talks of a desire to be the sort of player who never tosses his bat or helmet in anger, who can’t pass up the chance to speak to a wide-eyed child, a player who laughs often and remains positive even through struggles.
The 26-year-old outfielder has soared in popularity because he's unquestionably the top player on the Pittsburgh Pirates. Also, the franchise's progression from cellar dweller to postseason threat has coincided with his individual growth.
In March 2012, following his first All-Star season, McCutchen agreed to a long-term contract of six years and $51.5 million with a $14.75 million team option for 2018.
Those were considered very team-friendly terms that reinforced his reputation as a selfless player. Had he instead opted for the arbitration process, the Bucs would have had more difficulty affording key veterans like A.J. Burnett, Francisco Liriano, Russell Martin and Wandy Rodriguez.