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Andrew McCutchen says he Googled himself to keep up on trade rumors

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 addresses his earliest days in the organization to the events of this past offseason, among other trials and tribulations from his career.

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, writing at one point, “the city of Pittsburgh and wearing a Pirates uniform is just a part of who I am.”

The Pirates outfielder addresses the early part 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.”