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John Means is representing the Orioles in the MLB All-Star Game in Cleveland tonight. Good luck to the rookie!

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Good morning, Camden Chatters.

Who’s watching tonight’s All-Star Game? Are you inviting over all your friends and family, ordering pizza, getting snacks, and gathering around the television for this can’t-miss spectacle?

OK, maybe not. The All-Star Game isn’t really the must-see event that MLB wants it to be, usually pulling in tepid TV ratings. I don’t think I’ve ever stood around the water cooler the next day to talk about it. Partly because my office didn’t have a water cooler.

Still, I’ll be tuning in. As a baseball fan, I get a kick out of watching the best players in the game all gathered on one field for a couple of hours, playing side-by-side with the guys they spend the rest of the season trying to beat. It’s, dare I say, kind of fun.

And this year the Orioles are sending the unlikeliest of representatives, rookie lefty John Means, to the festivities in Cleveland. He might not actually pitch in the game; the more prominent, established pitchers could take priority over a guy who — with all due respect — most casual fans have never heard of. But even if Means’ All-Star experience consists of nothing more than doffing his cap to the crowd and hanging out in the bullpen, it’s still going to be a pretty memorable experience.

And hey, he’s only 26 years old. This might not be the last time he ever gets to do this.

Links

‘This is still your path’: Orioles’ John Means skyrockets from edge of retirement to All-Star - Baltimore Sun
Nathan Ruiz explores how the once unheralded minor leaguer developed into a stud starter for the Orioles. Means was apparently contemplating retirement, going so far as to created a LinkedIn profile. That’s unbelievable! Someone’s actually using LinkedIn?

O’s rookie All-Star Means has turned heads - Orioles.com
Here’s another bio of the man of the hour. Joe Trezza is confident that Means will pitch in the All-Star Game because he’s one of just two lefties on the team, but I’m still skeptical that he’ll get to do so. We shall see, shalln’t we?

More on Mancini missing All-Star Game (plus a few notes) - School of Roch
The Orioles are still salty about Trey Mancini being snubbed from the All-Star team. But the way I look at it, they had a lot of fun with the #VoteTrey voting campaign, and in the end, isn’t that what matters most? ...Oh. I’m being told that it isn’t.

Looking back on the first half and last night's Futures Game - Steve Melewski
Steve Melewski offers his positives and negatives about the Orioles’ first half. He lists four positives and three negatives. I think my list would have a much different ratio.

Orioles birthdays and history

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have just one O’s birthday buddy, and if you recognize his name, you’re truly an avid fan. It’s right-hander Steve Luebber, who appeared in seven games for the 1981 Orioles. He turns 70 years old today.

On this day in 1959, the Orioles blanked the Washington Senators in both ends of a doubleheader, with a pair of 20-year-olds — Milt Pappas and Jerry Walker — each throwing a shutout. It was the second career shutout for each.