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Francisco Cervelli pens love letter to Pittsburgh, ‘The city that captivated my heart’

Chris Adamski
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Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli salutes his teammates in the dugout at the start of a game against the Brewers Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, at PNC Park.
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Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli gets a curtain call after his fourth inning grand slam against the Cardinals in the first game of a double header Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, at PNC Park.

A day after being released by the Pittsburgh Pirates, popular catcher Francisco Cervelli posted a message on social media directed at the city he called home for almost five years.

It could best be described as a love letter.

In a piece titled, “A letter to the city of Pittsburgh (my YINZ) … The city that captivated my heart,” the Italian Venezuelan penned 255 words of appreciation.

“When I think about you and try to express how I feel about you, I can’t help but describe you as my home, my love, and my family,” the message on Cervelli’s verified Instagram account read. “I have never felt so much love and respect as I have felt in this city.”

The message ended: “I love you Pittsburgh. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, please don’t change. Stay passionate and full of love.

“Thank you to my teammates, you guys are special to me, and warriors no matter what. I love you all.

“Thank you to my coaches and management for the best time of my life. #412forever.”

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A letter to the city of Pittsburgh (my YINZ)… The city that captivated my heart. When I think about you and try to express how I feel about you, I can't help but describe you as my home, my love, and my family. I have never felt so much love and respect as I have felt in this city. I remember the first time I encountered you in 2015, you made me a bit nervous, and I surely didn't know how to approach you, however, little by little you opened up your doors and taught me to embrace my passion, and connected me with the pure adrenaline and pride of the city of Pittsburgh. You saw me at my highest high and my lowest lows. You were always my safety net, protecting me from any falls… you are my one, the only… a city full of love. Pittsburgh, wearing your shirt made me feel like a super hero and you impacted me in ways you won’t ever understand, but the greatest impact you had on me was shaping me and loving me the way I am. You make me a true PIRATE .For that, I am forever grateful. I love you Pittsburgh. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, please don’t change. Stay passionate and full of love. Thank you to my teammates, you guys are special to me , and warriors no matter what. I love you all. Thank you to my coaches and management for the best time of my life. #412forever

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One of the final links to the Pirates’ most recent playoff team in 2015, Cervelli appeared in 450 games as the Pirates’ catcher.

Cervelli’s biggest on-field contributions were his defensive skills, but his popularity with fans and teammates were based more on his gregarious personality.

Many of Cervelli’s former teammates with the Pirates responded on social media with goodbyes of their own.

A message posted to the account of pitcher Trevor Williams read: “My president, (Cervelli) — Thank you for guiding me in my highs and lows. You made my job a lot easier because I was working with the best artist. I will not forget our time together. I can’t wait to share vino and cigars with you again”

Outfielder Gregory Polanco and infielder/outfielder Jose Osuna were among the other Pirates players who wrote words of appreciation for Cervelli.

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Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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