CLEVELAND, Ohio (WTAP)- “It’s pretty crazy.”
That’s what Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher John Means said in response to being the first West Virginia University player to be selected for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
“It’s just been surreal. I still haven’t woken up yet from the whole experience and everything that’s going on, but it’s definitely cool,” Means adds.
Means says that playing for WVU was one of the biggest things that helped his career develop.
“I think that was one of the bigger jumps that I’ve made in my career, going from junior college, because I went to a junior college for a year and went to West Virginia, pitching in the Big 12. It was definitely a jump in talent and overall ability. Being able to learn and develop through that has definitely helped me.”
He plans to continue to learn from the other All-Stars on his team.
“Maybe pick some people’s minds, pitching. Just be around, be in the environment of these guys who have had unreal careers that have 8, 9, 10 years, 8,9, 10 All-Star games, just to be around that, and soak it all in.”
For this rookie, the mid-season honor is just another day at the office.
“I wouldn’t say I’m nervous. I was talking to my dad the other day. I’m not nervous. It feels Natural still for some reason. It kind of just feels like I’m going through the motions, I’m playing baseball, and that’s about it.”