Pittsburgh Pirate and National League MVP Andrew McCutchen appeared on this week’s Sports Illustrated cover, with an accompanying feature story by Albert Chen titled “Andrew McCutchen Goes Deep.”

In the article, the down-to-earth athlete goes back to his roots, fondly referencing the support of his parents throughout his journey (get a preview here).

Based on what we’ve seen from the SI story so far, McCutchen is still as reflective and graciously humble as he was during our June 2013 interview. (“I like to laugh, I like to joke. I’m a normal person.”) We wish the Pirates all the best for the remainder of the season, confident that the infamous “cover jinx” won’t find its way to Pittsburgh.

Andrew McCutchen Sports Illustrated

Photo: Coty Tarr for Sports Illustrated

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