The Pittsburgh Pirates begin a 9 game road trip Friday night against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Andrew McCutchen is one of baseball’s best. He is undoubtedly the greatest player to grace a Pirates uniform in the last 20 years, a leader in the clubhouse. Unfortunately, Cutch is suffering from a virus that plagues many of superstars, becoming a diva.
In yesterday’s loss to the Cubs, McCutchen misplayed a line drive fly ball by Anthony Rizzo in the top of the third inning. He was given an error and rightfully so.
Granted, McCutchen did make a tremendous effort to make the catch, but the ball hit off his glove and redirected into right center. A successful catch would have been out number three. The inning continued, allowing Ben Zobrist to blast a three run bomb off Juan Nicasio.
After the game, instead addressing the team’s putrid series sweep, Cutch chose to call out the scorekeeper who ruled the play in the third. He boosted that he did all he could to make the ball and proclaiming the scorekeeper be fired.
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As I said, the Pirates have played like garbage in their four game losing streak. The pitching has struggled, the offense has failed to produce and the defense has kicked the ball around. Instead of worrying about the team, McCutchen is worry about an error that everyone would have forgotten if he shrugs it off.
Saying point blank that a man needs to be fired because you are worried about your precious defensive stats is a diva move. Rumors are swirling that McCutchen’s attitude has changed, throwing off a different vibe than previous years. He is the big swinger in the locker room, the franchise player, but is he morphing into a pre-Madonna?
Cutch, you a better than that. I have seen divas play in every sport. Most turn into a cancer, draining a winning team of its success. Pirates fans don’t need that, they went through it with Barry Bonds in the early 90’s. It was ugly. The team went from one of the best in baseball in 1992 to a doormat franchise for the next 2 decades.
For the sake of this team and an eventual trip to the World Series, check your ever growing ego at the door Cutch. You have your teammates, franchise and fan base counting on you to lead this team to a World Series.
We need you Cutch, we don’t need diva Cutch.