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January 9, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with Andrew McCutchen

Buzzmaster
  (3:03 PM)

Andrew is here!

Brody Smith (Pittsburgh)

How do you feel about all the support you have been receiving from fans when it comes to voting for you for MLB 13: The Show cover?

Andrew McCutchen
  (3:04 PM)

It's probably one of the best feelings that I can get. I really enjoy the support. I really appreciate the support from everywhere and from each person. It's a dream come true.

Luke McLaughlin (Allison Park, PA)

What athletes did you look up to when playing sports as a kid?

Andrew McCutchen
  (3:05 PM)

Definitely Ken Griffy Jr. He was my childhood idol. We're real good friends now.

Chris (DC)

What physical or mental adjustments do you make to get out of a slump?

Andrew McCutchen
  (3:05 PM)

You have to remember the things that you do right and focus on those things. That will keep you positive and thinking the right way.

Greg (Pittsburgh)

What kind of pose or action shot of yours do you want to use for your cover shot?

Andrew McCutchen
  (3:06 PM)

Either diving for a ball or robbing someone at the wall. Or, just a home run swing.

JOSH (MARYLAND)

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THIS YEARS PIRATES TEAM? CAN YOU GUYS MAKE A RUN AT THE PLAYOFFS?

Andrew McCutchen
  (3:06 PM)

I feel very optimistic. I feel that we're going to get over that hump and shock the world.

Charlie (Dallas)

what do you think of no one getting elected to the hall of fame today?

Andrew McCutchen
  (3:06 PM)

I'm still figuring that out. I don't know. It's crazy, but there's always next year, I guess.

Nate (Hagerstown, MD)

What would it mean for you to finally bring a winner to the city of Pittsburgh?

Andrew McCutchen
  (3:07 PM)

It means the world to me. I can't wait to be a part of something like that. I look forward to that happening sooner rather than later.

Andrew McCutchen
  (3:07 PM)

It means the world to me. I can't wait to be a part of something like that. I look forward to that happening sooner rather than later.

Cameron Livingston (Blairsville, Pa)

Could you play another professional sport?

Andrew McCutchen
  (3:08 PM)

I wouldn't do it, because it's very hard. I commend athletes like Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson for doing things like that. I love football, but I wouldn't be able to do the two sports. I'm too small for football now.

Alex (Anaheim)

Where does PNC Park rank for you among the best stadiums?

Andrew McCutchen
  (3:09 PM)

No. 1 by far. A lot of people say that. You hear it from a lot of teams.

Josh (MD)

What part of your game do you think you need to improve on?

Andrew McCutchen
  (3:09 PM)

Base stealing. That's definitely a top one for me. I want to use my speed and steal a lot more bases.

Vic (Cleveland)

what did you think when you were approached to be on the coveR?

Andrew McCutchen
  (3:10 PM)

I pinched myself first. I blinked a couple of times and it was actually real. I thought it was a very cool opportunity. I definitely jumped on it fast.

Tim (Pittsburgh)

Would you like to stay in the 3 hole, or would you prefer to be hitting in another spot?

Andrew McCutchen
  (3:10 PM)

Whatever helps the team. That's what I'll do.

Adam (Boone, NC)

In your youth what did you do to motivate yourself? What do feel separated you from other athletes your age?

Andrew McCutchen
  (3:11 PM)

I used coming from where I come from. I didn't have a whole lot. That definitely motivated me to get to where I'm at. I don't know what the separation is, you just have to find something in you to get you where you want to go.

Andy G (Reston,Va)

What do you do every morning to make your hair so luscious?

Andrew McCutchen
  (3:11 PM)

I just wake up. It's already like that. Get dressed and you'll find out.

Nathan (Rockville, MD)

how big of a gamer are you?

Andrew McCutchen
  (3:12 PM)

Not huge, but I'm competitive. If I do play, I'm playing to win.

Alana (Pittsburgh)

How do you feel about the addition of Russell Martin and the loss of Hanrahan?

Andrew McCutchen
  (3:13 PM)

I definitely feel that Russell Martin will help us out tremendously behind the plate. He's been to the playoffs. He knows the atmosphere. Joel will be missed, but we all wish him the best over there with the Red Sox. I know he won't take it lightly on me when I have to face him and I will return the favor.

Ryley (Pittsburgh PA)

What is going to take for the Pirates to take the next step as a team?

Andrew McCutchen
  (3:13 PM)

WIN!

Zach Lehmann (St. Louis, Missouri)

What do you do when you walk up to the plate? What is going through your head and how do u mentally prepare your self for an at bat?

Andrew McCutchen
  (3:14 PM)

Honestly, I'm thinking about nothing. My mind is clear. It's blank. I just step in and try to be relaxed as possible.

Greg (FL)

why should I vote for you?

Andrew McCutchen
  (3:14 PM)

Why shouldn't you?

Josh (Pittsburgh)

Do you have any superstitions?

Andrew McCutchen
  (3:14 PM)

Yeah, if I have a really good game, I'll eat the same thing that I ate that day.

Keanu (Honolulu)

Have you done anything differently this offseason to prepare for the grind of the regular season?

Andrew McCutchen
  (3:15 PM)

First off, aloha! Nothing too differently or drastic, just working as hard as I can. I have no regrets going into the season.

Andrew Zajac (Struthers, OH)

Best advice you were given by any current or former player?

Andrew McCutchen
  (3:16 PM)

Do what best fits you. You know yourself the best, so what feels the best for you. Always remember that.

Ikaika C. (Chicago, IL)

Are you a Penguins fan? How stoked are you for the return of the NHL?

Andrew McCutchen
  (3:16 PM)

I'm from Florida, so we don't watch a lot of hockey, but I definitely like the Pens. I definitely would like to make it to a game and see those guys skating around.

Vinny (Cleveland )

Who has been the toughest pitcher you have faced?

Andrew McCutchen
  (3:17 PM)

R.A. Dickey.

Andrew McCutchen
  (3:17 PM)

Knuckleball is pretty hard to hit.

Troy (Pittsburgh)

How much did the addition of A.J. Burnett mean to the team last season?

Andrew McCutchen
  (3:17 PM)

It means a heckuva lot. He's a guy that has overcome adversity and who can really pitch and throw a baseball. To have a veteran in the clubhouse was great. It's awesome to have him as a teammate. He's one of the best I've ever had.

Andrew McCutchen
  (3:18 PM)

Thank you all for voting. Keep voting. I'm not doing this for myself. I'm doing this for Pittsburgh. Let's start 2013 off the right way. #MLB13Cutch.