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Gardena Serra’s baseball team was in for a treat two weeks ago as Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates graced their baseball diamond with a surprise visit. Accompanied by former minor league teammate and mentor, Victor Buttler, the former teammates addressed the Cavs for thirty minutes stating the recipe for success is hard work, taking nothing for granted and love for family and team.
The twenty-six year-old 2012 MLB All-Star center fielder hit 31 home runs, 98 RBI’s and a batting average of .320 for the second in the National League. McCutchen was a bonafide threat to win the Triple Crown in 2012, a coveted honor rarely achieved in the history of the game. At 5’ 10”, 185 pounds, McCutchen stated how Buttler played a key role in his development in the minors as a player and as a young man on and off the field. McCutchen told the young Cavs, “Surround yourself with quality people who really care about you!”
McCutcheon fielded questions from the enthusiastic young Cavs. Questioned about hitting, he stated, “Prepare your at-bat in the dugout and the on-deck circle, study the pitcher, then relax when you’re batting.” McCutchen added, “Combine proper training technique with hard work and you’ll see good results.”
McCutchen expressed love for his family, friends and a financial adviser in keeping him well balanced.
Head Coach Wilmer Aaron adds; Serra’s baseball program has traditionally committed to providing our young boys with prominent and influential guests such as Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates, Fernando Perez of the Mets, NBA referee Derek Fisher, U. S. Olympian Cliff Miedl. Our program is interested in not only the boys becoming good baseball players but also outstanding human beings able to function in society and give back to the community. This is our aim and our goal and our guests provide a major assist in accomplishing this.
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