It wasn’t all that long ago that Andrew McCutchen signed a long-term deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
But last week, McCutchen signed up for an even longer and more important commitment, proposing to his longtime girlfriend during the television show “Ellen.”
In typical McCutchen fashion, it was not a swing and a miss. She said yes.
The she is Maria Hanslovan. According to a story in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, she is a 2011 graduate of Slippery Rock University (with degrees in biochemistry and forensics chemistry), who McCutchen met four years ago when she was an entertainer at Pirates games, part of what the team calls its “Cannonball Crew.”
The 2005 Fort Meade graduate was just named the National League’s Most Valuable Player last month after leading the Pirates to their first playoff appearance in 20 years.
“I’ve always envisioned that I would be on the highest mountain in the world and that my voice would be as loud as a lion’s roar times a billion so the whole world could hear me just tell you how much that I love you,” McCutchen said to his now bride-to-be. “I didn’t do any of this for the publicity; I didn’t do any of this for the recognition. I did this to show you that if I could tell the whole world how much that I love you, I would do that.”
He also revealed a secret about his home run trot.
“When I hit a home run, it’s a home run, but there’s a bigger picture behind it,” he said. “When I step on third base, and I look towards home, knowing that you’re going to be there waiting for me, that’s why I always tip my cap every time I touch home plate.”
He also said the four years they have been together haven’t always been perfect.
“In the beginning, it was definitely fun,” he recalled, “getting to know each other, staying up late at night, talking on the phone for four hours. We went into the second year, we hit some bumps in the road, but we overcame those bumps. We continued to just get stronger, and not only stronger with each other, but with God.”
No wedding date was revealed.