In just a little over nine years since he first made his big league debut, Andrew McCutchen has finally hit his first career grand slam. Sure, it only took him until his 1,342nd career game and 5,812th career plate appearance in the Majors, but you know what they say, right? Good things come to those who wait. And believe me, there’s nobody I’m more excited to see finally hit his first grand slam than Andrew McCutchen. From being on a 57-win team in the midst of a 20-year losing streak to helping revitalize the franchise into being respectable again (at times), Cutch has been through it all with the Pirates over the past nine seasons.
Before last night, Cutch entered the game with a career .260 batting average and four extra-base hits in 97 career plate appearances with the bases loaded. For someone like Cutch, who owns a career .291 batting average with over 200 home runs under his belt, taking this long to finally hit his first career grand slam almost doesn’t even make any sense. The only explanation for this is that it has to be mental. But you know what? The monkey’s finally off his back, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he starts cranking out more grand slams now with higher frequency (meaning more than one in the next nine seasons).
And oh yeah, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that Cutch capped off one hell of a night. In addition to his first career grand salami, Cutch also went for 4-4 at the plate and batted in a career-high eight RBIs. Seems like a decent game, if you ask me. The only bad part? He happened to do it in a meaningless game in September in front of about 30 fans.