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Pittsburgh sports fans have had a rough year watching the stellar performances of players our local teams saw fit to trade away (we’re looking at you, Austin Meadows and future Hall of Famer Gerrit Cole).

It lifted local spirits to see our beloved Andrew McCutchen busy volunteering all around town last month. But it still stings that he was traded away two years ago and currently plays for that baseball team on the other side of Pennsylvania.

Happily, yesterday’s New York Times brought some truly good trade-related news: The paper of record thinks the Steelers’ choice to pick up Minkah Fitzpatrick was absolutely brilliant.

“In mid-September, about 16 months after the Dolphins selected him No. 11 over all, as the first defensive back taken, Fitzpatrick requested a trade because he didn’t think Miami’s new coaching staff was maximizing his abilities,” The New York Times writes.

“Fitzpatrick committed to leaving but, unlike unhappy peers in the N.B.A., could not choose where he’d be going. That destination turned out to be Pittsburgh, which surrendered a bounty of draft choices that included its first- and fifth-round picks in 2020. His range, steadiness and turnover-hoarding aptitude at free safety have powered the Steelers’ resurgence to such an extent that their fans might very well consider petitioning to rename the city after him.”

What do you think Pittsburgh? Are we now living in Minkahville?

Melissa Rayworth

Kidsburgh Editor Melissa Rayworth specializes in stories about culture, gender, design and parenting. She has written for a variety of outlets in the U.S. and Asia, and is a frequent contributor to The...