A little over a week ago, Andrew “Cutch” McCutchen was voted in by fans through twitter and Facebook as the cover athlete for MLB 13: The Show. He is a center fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates of the MLB, a two-time All-Star and a 2012 Gold Glove Award winner, just to name a few things. BuzzFocus recently got a chance to sit and talk with the newly announced cover athlete.
First thing is first, how does being on the cover of MLB 13: The Show compare to your other accolades like being an All-Star and getting a Gold Glove award?
Andrew McCutchen: The physicality aspect of becoming an All-Star and getting a Gold Glove stands out a lot, but having this, you know, and being on the front of a video game definitely is an accomplishment as well. Being on the cover a video game and being picked out of all the players in the majors definitely says a lot and I definitely don’t take it for granted.
What do you think of the game so far?
Cutch: I love it, man. I like that there are so many different modes I can play. I enjoy franchise mode and getting the chance to start a team from the ground up by drafting people into the minors, getting them into the majors to help their ball club, winning games and making it to the playoffs. I really love the game and everything about it.
What’s your history with gaming? Did you play them a lot growing up?
Cutch: I have pretty big history of gaming in my family. They’re big gamers — aunts, uncles, cousins, all of them — so I was always around it growing up.
What are some of your favorites outside of baseball games?
Cutch: Besides baseball games, Call of Duty is one of my top — Halo as well. A lot of people are like “Call of Duty or Halo” and they want you to be devoted to just one. And it’s also kind of hard to choose being on Xbox or Playstation, but I love them both and I love playing both those games. I am also more of a fantasy fan when it comes to video games as opposed to the more realistic games. But you know, generally, I like it all.
Going back to baseball — growing up, did you ever create yourself in the video games?
Cutch: Oh yeah, growing up, I would always create myself. I would make him big, put all his ratings up and make him the best player ever. When I played with him, he would always hit a double, homerun or something. I loved it, always did it and had a lot of fun with it as a kid.
Are there any other players on your team that play games?
Cutch: Definitely, there are big time gamers on my team. They play a lot of different games.
Anyone in particular?
Cutch: James McDonald, he’s pitching for us. He’s a big time gamer.
Who wins more, you or him?
Cutch: Uhh… he probably does. He’s a little better in games than I am. Pedro Alvarez is another big gamer who likes to play a lot. They love to play, but if they lose they won’t play again, because they’re sore losers — they hate to lose.
Haha right. Who doesn’t? Lastly, for the upcoming season what’s your outlook on the year?
Cutch: I look for us to be able to do a lot better than we did last year. You know the last month or so of the season, the little downfall we had, I feel that it’s going to be fixed. With the guys we got during the offseason, we’re going to be able to do a lot and we’re going to win a lot more games. We look forward to making it to the playoffs.