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McCutchen benching washed out

by Nate Hooton | Posted on Friday, May 13th, 2011
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Charlie Morton waits out Thursday's rain delay. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Looking to even their record at 19-19, the Pittsburgh Pirates took the field last night under a dark, gloomy sky. Charlie Morton allowed one run after giving up three straight hits with two outs in the second inning, and that’s when the sky opened up.

I have been at PNC Park during a rain delay and it gets old quickly. Granted it was around 50 degrees when I was there, and last night was a nice 73 degrees; either way, rain delays are boring and annoying. After waiting it out for over two hours, the game was called and the score card thrown out. There is no word yet on when this game will be played again.

The delay during that ugly evening in Pittsburgh, allowed time for players to reflect on their performances and overall attitudes. One such player was center fielder Andrew McCutchen — one of the fastest and most talented players in the game — who was benched after Wednesday night’s game for failing to run out a ball. Manager Clint Hurdle has never been one to show favoritism and made it clear that all players were going to be treated the same throughout the season. The young superstar, McCutchen, should have learned when shortstop Ronny Cedeno was benched in April for the same offense. McCutchen responded in a clubhouse interview following the incident with, “I know that’s not the type of person I am.” The benching of these starters by Hurdle is yet another example of a new attitude and fresh start of Pirates baseball, something that has been long overdue.

Pittsburgh heads to Milwaukee to take on division its rival, which sits two games behind the Pirates in the NL Central standings.


Post By Nate Hooton (3 Posts)

For as long as I can remember, baseball has been a huge part of my life. I always dreamed about being a professional ball player, however, the problem was, I was just never really all that good. Growing up, I was never the "stat nerd," who knew everything about players from their career home runs on 3-2 counts to their favorite pregame meals. But, I also wasn't crushing bombs on a regular basis or setting school records for most stolen bases in a season. I was comfortably somewhere in the middle. As a tall, decently fit and somewhat coordinated athlete, I always had more heart than skill, which is what I think enabled me to play the game for fourteen years, through high school. Now, at 27, my metabolism and love for ice cold beer has finally caught up with me, and I have found myself getting closer and closer to that "stat nerd" status. I have become that guy who, while watching a Cards game at the bar, says things like, "Did you know that Albert Pujols turned an unassisted triple play in his first college game?" Completely useless information? Yes. However, I guess that's what helps to make me, me. I have put my dreams of becoming the next home run king to rest -- yes I know, about time -- and have embraced my position in the baseball world. It is a position that is frustrating, exciting, emotionally straining, yet ultimately, the most rewarding. The fan. My girlfriend has yet to see it this way, but we are working on that.



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