Fort Meade, Florida -- It isn't the biggest town in Polk County, yet today Fort Meade opened its heart and baseball fields to a large group of young ball players, who all wanted to learn from a Most Valuable Player.
For the third straight year, Fort Meade's favorite son, Andrew McCutchen, returned to his roots to host his annual baseball camp.
"I've created a lot of history here, and it's always comeback here and pay my respects," said McCutchen.
Over 180 kids on hand were paying their respects, traveling from as far as New York for the opportunity to learn the game from their favorite player.
McCutchen is coming off a season where he led the Pirates to the playoffs for the first time in 21 years. Pittsburgh's first post-season trip in two decades mixed with the gaudy statistics the former Fort Meade Miner put up, made McCutchen the National League MVP.
"Anytime I am in Florida now, and people acknowledge me and say my name, 'Hey, Andrew McCutchen!' I guess I am still a little naive to it," said McCutchen.
Lined up in number #22 Pirates' jerseys, kids participated in drills like hitting and defense, all trying to emulate their local hero. McCutchen made sure every child that enjoyed the camp didn't leave without a smile and an autograph.