CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Cutch's vision of contending Bucs has come to fruition

Cutch's vision of contending Bucs has come to fruition

Cutch's vision of contending Bucs has come to fruition play video for Cutch's vision of contending Bucs has come to fruition

PITTSBURGH -- This is what Andrew McCutchen had signed up for -- quite literally. The calendar flipping from August to September, electricity crackling through PNC Park, pennant fever breaking out in the city.

When McCutchen agreed to a six-year contract with the Pirates early March of last year, this is what he had in mind, this is what he wanted. A short wait on a long-term deal.

More

"This is why I signed to be here," McCutchen said Friday afternoon, shortly before joining the other Pirates on the field for the opener of an important three-game series against the Cardinals, who held a one-game lead over the second-place Bucs in the National League Central. "I saw something in our team. I knew we were improving -- and would continue to improve. And I didn't think it would take all six years [of the contract]. We improved every single year [I've been here] and I didn't see us going down, going in the opposite direction.

"Something I envisioned is now starting to happen, and I wanted to be a part of that, be on that team that changed the culture. I believe we've exceeded the expectations of a lot of people. We believe in what we can do, and will continue to do it."

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Less
{}
{}