Andrew McCutchen  Gives back to the ‘Burgh 

Andrew McCutchen gives back

He played in Pittsburgh for nine great years. The Pirates chose Andrew McCutchen in the first round (11th overall) of the 2005 MLB draft. At the age of 22, he made his debut with the Pirates on June 4, 2009. It was only fitting that he proudly wore jersey number 22. McCutchen was born on Friday, October 10, 1986, in Fort Meade, FloridaThroughout his major league career, he was honored with numerous accolades – The Silver Slugger Award, Player’s Choice for the National League’s Outstanding Player, the coveted Most Valuable Player Award for the 2013 season.   

         In 2017, he was traded to the San Francisco Giants, then to the New York Yankees. In 2018, he was dealt yet again. This time across the state to Philadelphia. Although McCutchen is now a member of the Phillies, he harbors no ill feelings towards our city. It is quite the opposite; he embraces Pittsburgh and helps the residents as much as possible. Cutch and his family still reside in the area, and his committed to doing community service in the ‘Burgh. McCutcherecently held a Project Pittsburgh Week. It is a grassroots organization that he founded along with his wife, Maria. During the week of November 16 through November 23, McCutchen worked with the underprivileged in various capacities in the region. He invited folks to work along with him to help make a difference in the community. 

         McCutchen helped high school seniors during the Development Day, which was held at Macy’s South Hills Village in Upper St. Clair. Cutch served up soupdistributed coats and did a community cleanup at the Light of Life Mission on the North Side. He spent time doing art and music activities with patients at UPMC Children’s. 

          McCutchen conducted a City Volunteer Day. During this particular day, he read to the blind and physically disabled at the Carnegie Library and packed supplies for homeless children’s education fund. 

He participated with Habitat for Humanity as he painted and did interior homework.   

         Finally, McCutchen led a 412 Food Rescue Day, where he and his volunteers distributed food donations. He ended his all-star week, with the Dick’s Sporting Goods Free Youth Baseball Clinic. For McCutchen, it was busy but successful, charitable week. He touched the lives of so many area residents. No matter what baseball diamond McCutchen ends up playing on, he will always hit a home run in the lives of his fellow Pittsburghers. 

   By Paula Green