Andrew McCutchen: 'If I cry, I cry. Big whoop. You're supposed to'
Four hours before he stepped into the batter's box at PNC Park on Friday for the first time as the home team's opponent, the San Francisco Giants' Andrew McCutchen said he didn't know where his emotions might take him.
"I live in the moment," said McCutchen, now the San Francisco Giants' right fielder after nine years as one of the most popular Pirates of all time. "Whatever emotions I have are the emotions I'm supposed to have. And for good reason.
"People have asked, 'How you going to feel? What's it going to be like?' I don't know until I'm there and until I'm in the moment.
"I saw KB (Pirates videographer Ken Brown) and I got emotional. You can't prepare yourself for that."The Pirates plan to play videos commemorating McCutchen's career in Pittsburgh -- one when he comes up to bat and another when he runs into the outfield.
"If I cry, I cry. Big whoop," he said. "You're supposed to. And I if I don't, I don't.
"Just try to soak it in and appreciate it and appreciate the people and the fans around me."McCutchen, 31, said he and his wife Maria still have their home in Pittsburgh and plan to keep it no matter where his baseball career takes him."This is where our house is and this is where we're going to stay in the off-season," he said. "That's not going to change.
"We love our house. Ain't nothing going to change that. That's our home, man.
"We moved in there together. When we got married, we stepped foot in our house and started our lives together. Baseball can never change it."
McCutchen said he's been in the city for the start of a three-game series against the Pirates long enough to take his son, five-month-old Steel Stefan McCutchen, to a doctor's appointment.
"He had to get a couple shots. That's never fun watching that," he said. "He was a big guy. He didn't cry. It was good to see."
He also visited his favorite pizza place, The Oven, in Wexford.
"I got to sleep in my own bed," McCutchen said. "I woke up a couple times. The baby woke me up."
Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.
The Giants' Andrew McCutchen smiles after being being asked about #Pirates fans before tonight's game at PNC Park. Cutch plans to spend extra time with fans before the game. pic.twitter.com/8vgarHCunb— Christopher Horner (@Hornerfoto1) May 11, 2018