It’s been so long since we had a baseball player in Pittsburgh the caliber of Andrew McCutchen I don’t think we are all fully aware of just how good he is. I know when I was in high school and I saw Barry Bonds play I was in awe, and had no idea what I was actually seeing.
While watching him sometime between 1989 or ’90, I saw him jump on a ball into the left field gap, a ball hit so hard and with such authority that it was called a double by the announcer the second it left the bat. Barry tracked it down and made the catch look absolutely routine. He very obviously wasn’t even running all-out the entire time and if any one else but Barry Lamar Bonds had been in left field it would have gone to the wall. He flipped the ball into short stop with that casual nonchalant/arrogance he had and jogged back to the dugout as the announcers marveled at this athleticism. He knew he had just made an all-star play, and he slow jogged it back in.
The very next pitch in bottom half of the inning Barry sent a ball over the wall, opposite field in Three Rivers Stadium. And again, he didn’t even look like he was trying hard. He was just that good.