Baseball fandom can be a cruel bitch sometimes. I'm a glass half full type of guy, but that doesn't mean I'm void of emotion. The Andrew McCutchen trade is a bitter pill to swallow even if the writing was on the wall.
McCutchen's debut was a catalyst for respectable baseball in Pittsburgh. He would blossom into a legit superstar and from all accounts an even better human being. He made baseball fun again in Pittsburgh. You would be hard pressed to find a bad word about him minus a few shock jocks in the local media. The guy named his kid Steel. He loved being a Pirate.
I could ramble on forever about trade value and give personal opinions, but ultimately the Pirates continued with normal operating procedures by trading Cutch. That reality is what makes this sting.
The culprit with the Pirates is the shoestring budget/ownership. In a perfect world Cutch would be a Pirate for life, but the Pirates have zero track record of signing players to long term deals post arbitration. Basically the main argument is whether you think the Pirates should have traded him now, at the deadline or qualifying offer/comp pick next season. The Pirates played it safe and chose now. We can vent about this until we are blue in the face, but it is done. Now what?.....
I'm not revoking my Pirate fan card. All I can do is hope that the Pirates develop the next Cutch. Life is too short to be bitter over billionaires disrespecting millionaires. As always I will be optimistic during opening day and let the season play out. It is just going to be really weird not seeing #22 in the outfield. Goodbye Cutch. Thanks for giving me so many great memories.