McCutchen's mom back at PNC for anthem

McCutchen's mom back at PNC for anthem

PITTSBURGH -- For the second time in two months, Petrina McCutchen delivered the national anthem prior to a Pirates game.

This time, Andrew's mom had a lot of help. Caught up in the emotion of Pittsburgh's first postseason game in 21 years on Tuesday night, the sellout crowd of 40,487 sang along with her, part of the amped-up fans' loud and vocal pregame celebration.

The All-Star center fielder had hit a homer when Petrina sang the anthem prior to an early-August game, and he had already put her on alert that she would have to keep coming back if he did it again in the National League Wild Card Game against the Reds.

That command performance remained unconfirmed after McCutchen's first at-bat against Johnny Cueto. He drew a walk on a full-count pitch with two outs in the first.

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. Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow