Andrew McCutchen receives home run ball from fan he visited in hospital
If there’s one thing we know about Andrew McCutchen (besides that he’s really good at baseball) is that he makes quite the impression on young fans.
This past season, the former National League MVP made the day of a young Pirates fan by giving him his batting glove and a couple of fist pounds. McCutchen has also been known to visit area hospitals to spend time with children. One who was fortunate to meet him remembered the encounter and offered the Pirates star a token of his appreciation.
McCutchen received the above pictured and baseball from a young man named Matt Groeber, who gave a little background to his story. The letter reads:
Dear Andrew McCutchen,
This summer I suffered a brain abscess and spent most of my time in Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. During my stay I was lucky enough to meet you when you visited to do art with the kids. Every night I looked forward to watching the Pirates and was thrilled to know you were come to visit. Baseball is my favorite sport and I was not sure if I would ever be able to play again. Your visit helped inspire me to get better.
I am [feeling] better now and playing baseball again. This past weekend I played two games and hit three home runs. I am sending my first home run ball to you as a thank you.
Thank you again for the visit and picture you drew me in the hospital.
McCutchen posted the photo on his Facebook page along with a reply. “Matt – thank you for the HR ball… and the autograph! More importantly, I’m so glad you’re doing better and healing. also thanks to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC for the work they do for these kids. this was an amazing letter to receive today. You’re the true hero Matt!” he wrote.
There are so many awesome things about this story, the most important of which is that Matt is feeling better and back playing the sport he loves. Of all the pieces of mail Andrew McCutchen has received, this surely has to be among the most memorable.