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Andrew McCutchen pays tribute to Pittsburgh with newborn son’s name (pics)

Pittsburgh Pirates superstar outfielder Andrew McCutchen and his wife, Maria Hanslovan, on Monday welcomed a son into the world. And to say McCutchen paid tribute to the city in which he plays when naming the newborn boy would be an understatement:


McCutchen took to Twitter Wednesday to announce the happy family news, mentioning the time of birth and weight as well as the little one’s unique name.

McCutchen also posted a heartwarming photograph of him holding little Steel.

The Pirates sent out a tweet congratulating their superstar player.

Speaking of the Pirates, the team did something recently that made McCutchen’s decision to name his son Steel all the more sensible. Via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

Naming Steel after the city where his father plays ball may have seemed like a better idea to McCutchen as of Friday, when the Pirates picked up his $14.75 million contract option for 2018.

The Pirates could have bought out the option for $1 million, which would have made McCutchen a free agent.

There has, however, been rumors swirling that McCutchen could be headed elsewhere. A report has surfaced that the San Francisco Giants may pursue McCutchen should the team be unable to acquire Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

Be that as it may, McCutchen has never hid his fondness for Pittsburgh, and an essay penned for The Players’ Tribune in February was essentially a love letter to the Steel City. Naming his son Steel only further establishes his affinity for Pittsburgh.