Q&A with Andrew McCutchen

Olney: I asked you this last year, but I'm curious with another year of perspective. What would you guess you're going to be doing when you're 42, 43 years old?
McCutchen: You know what? I don't know, but I assume even if it isn't anything with baseball, it will involve talking. Not necessarily motivational speaking, but just using my words and my knowledge to give some type of perspective to others. I don't know if that's coaching -- I've spent half my life in baseball -- or speaking some other way, but I feel like I'm going to be a guy that can talk to people and have them want to listen to what I've got to say.

Olney: Does politics interest you?
McCutchen: Not necessarily; I'm not big on politics. I'm more interested in just changing the way people look at things and helping others. Even if it's just other baseball players. A lot of guys like to ask, "How do you do it?" I think what separates the good from the great is their minds. You've got to have something up there that just triggers you -- something that shoots you off and helps you think in a certain way. You look at all the great players in the past, and they're going to tell you something about the game that makes you think, I never looked at it that way. Because that's just how they are. That's just the way the greats think. Someday I would like to be able to be one of them.

Olney: Do you have a sort of a hard goal of what you want to accomplish in your baseball career? For example, Carlos Beltran told me he has several things in mind: most home runs of any player from Puerto Rico; put himself into the Hall of Fame conversation. Is that vision formed yet for you?
McCutchen: No, not really. Because I don't base my life off numbers. And I don't base my success off things I do on the field. That's not what's most important to me. You know, the game of baseball is great and I love that I'm able to play this game, but I know in the grand scheme of life, that's not what's most important. I'm a firm believer in helping others and being a guy that can help make a difference with just my name and what I have. If it's with my words, if it's with my money, whatever that is, I just want to be able to make a difference. I look at Roberto Clemente: The guy was an amazing baseball player, but people don't really talk about that. They talk about him off the field. And that's something that I would like to emulate -- be the guy that can help, that will give the shirt off your back to the person who needs it. You know, the game of baseball is what I'm doing right now, but you're not going to have that your whole life. What you can have is your knowledge. What you can have is your ability to help others. And you can do that until you're dead.

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