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McCutchen gets gift from boy he visited in hospital

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 07: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after flying out in the fourth inning during the National League Wild Card game against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 07: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after flying out in the fourth inning during the National League Wild Card game against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Andew McCutchen's impact off the field is felt by many.

Pittsburgh Pirates star Andrew McCutchen has given countless souvenirs to fans during his illustrious career but received a special gift from one young fan he visited in the hospital.

McCutchen was sent a baseball and a note of gratitude from Matt Groeber, who spent time at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh to treat a brain abscess earlier this year.

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But Grober didn't send just any old baseball. It was the first of three homers he hit this past weekend as the boy told McCutchen how much his visit helped his recovery.

Matt - thank you for the HR ball... and the autograph! More importantly, I'm so glad you're doing better and healing....

Posted by Andrew Mccutchen on Monday, November 2, 2015