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Andrew McCutchen bid farewell to the Pirates with an emotional, heartfelt tweet

(Justin Berl)

On Monday, the Hot Stove picked up again in a big way when the Giants acquiredAndrew McCutchen from the Pirates for Kyle Crick and Bryan Reynolds. 
When we call it a "big" trade, that's an understatement. For Pirates fans, this was undoubtedly a very difficult afternoon of baseball news. After all, he's been a franchise player ever since working his way through the Minors, spending the entirety of his nine seasons in MLB with the Pirates, making five All-Star rosters and being named NL MVP in 2013 along the way. 
Needless to say, this is the sort of trade that signifies the end of an era ... something McCutchen addressed in a heartfelt post on Twitter a few hours after the trade was made official:

Some of McCutchen's longtime Pirates teammates also bid him farewell:

McCutchen is now the second star player to be dealt from the only club he's ever known to the Giants, joining third baseman Evan Longoria -- who penned a great farewell message of his own to the Rays last month.
Baseball ... it's an emotional game.