E:60: Life Of Pirate
E60 and Buster Olney take you inside the life of the brilliant young star who could be the best player in baseball: Andrew McCutchen.
Andrew McCutchen is one of the most talented people you’d ever meet, with such a high volume of skills that you wonder if he is a modern-day Faust -- the fictional character who traded his soul for mortal perfection.
What we know McCutchen for best is the baseball, of course. He’s one of the best in the world at that, given his current standing as a National League MVP candidate; he can hit, he can hit for power, he can run, he can throw, he can defend.
But here’s the thing: In preparing the E:60 piece that ran Tuesday night, producer Frank Saraceno and I heard that McCutchen is really good at impressions. So, without any heads up, I asked him to run through a series of these, without any kind of preparation -- and he was absolutely dead-on in imitating everybody from Albert Pujols to Derek Jeter.
Here's a look at some of his best impressions. His Pittsburgh teammates say that if a rookie is summoned from the minor leagues, McCutchen can imitate them -- their batting stances, their mannerisms -- after only a couple of days.