Andrew McCutchen: Pittsburgh Pirate, Lox Thief

It’s Opening Day! Yay! One of baseball’s rising superstars over the last few years has been Andrew McCutchen. Last season, Cutch won the National League MVP and led the Pittsburgh Pirates to their first winning year and playoff berth since 1992. It really was good to see the Pirates win, although as a Reds fan, it wasn’t fun to see them knock us out of the playoffs. Anyway, Andrew McCutchen stars in this new commercial from the long-running and well-loved “This Is SportsCenter” campaign. McCutchen, the Pirate Parrot, and a host of other lesser known pirate mascots (East Carolina’s Pee Dee, Seton Hall’s Pirate and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Captain Fear) raid the spread at a SportsCenter breakfast meeting. Cutch’s “The lox. Plunder the lox” line is fantastic.

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Andrew McCutchen And The Pittsburgh Pirates Win The World Series…In MLB 13 The Show

Exactly one year ago, I wrote about an MLB 12 The Show commercial, which featured Chicago after the Cubs won the World Series. Of course, it’s only in the video game that they win it all. One of my favorite ads of last year. This time around, MLB 13 The Show has a spot featuring Pittsburgh Pirates star outfielder Andrew McCutchen, who is on the cover of the game. The Pirates are another World Series longshot, seeing as that they’ve had 20 consecutive losing seasons, the longest streak in American professional sports history. But in a game that’s “so real, it’s unreal” anything is possible. Not nearly as interesting as the Cubs commercial, but still pretty amusing.

3/14 update: The Buster Posey commercial is quite funny too. “It’s a video game, moron.” “You’re a video game!”

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