Ok so I just got done watching this E:60 video on Andrew McCutchen...
(hopefully my link worked, if not you can just google it)
...and I had this overwhelming feeling of, "How lucky are we?!" As a sports fan a city should consider themselves lucky and blessed to have even ONE athlete that has the level of skill and personality that Cutch has, but we are spoiled. We have them across the board.
Since the moment Polamalu entered the league he was different. He plays the game so violently. So insanely reckless looking. Then you hear him talk for the first time. He is soft-spoken, humble and smart. I remember specifically watching something a few years ago where he was talking about his hobby of botany. Can we name another player like him...ever? He is one of the best to ever play his position and yet never seems to act like it. Respectful and hardworking till the day he exits the league.
Then we have Crosby too! How old was he when he came into the league? 18?! Holy shit I didn't even have the maturity level to go to my college classes when I was 18. He was handling media and carrying the weight of a struggling franchise on his shoulders. Minus injury, year in and year out he produces. He produces because he is a competitor. Hardworking and humble, he knows the history of the game and what he wants to achieve. What a leader he is too, and you could see it from the day he walked into the door. He is great with media, volunteers his time to charity, and even as the best player in the world you can tell he puts winning before any individual accolades.
If you watch the video on McCutchen you can see his roots, where he came from, and the type of person he is. He may be my favorite athlete right now, period. He could have signed a contract 3 times what he signed in Pittsburgh. EASILY! He is a great role model for the youth of the city and the definition of a building block to move that franchise into the future.
These are all guys that we have drafted and grown. The word lucky just continues to come into my mind. To be able to support my local teams and to root for players like this just makes me feel lucky. I can't wait to see these guys continue their careers and hopefully their personalities rub off on all of the other Pittsburgh athletes they come into contact with.