Fans staying up late to watch the entirety of the 2019 MLB All-Star Game to see John Means take the mound, their lone representative in a tough year, were sorely disappointed.
Based partially on a generic name and partially on lack of preseason expectations, Means became the easy butt of jokes when named to this year’s Midsummer Classic. But make no mistake –his first half was more than deserving of his selection, and it should have earned him a chance to pitch against the best hitters in the world.
Instead, he was told he only might pitch if the game went to extra innings, and had to wait for nine innings before finding out that wouldn’t happen. Orioles fans who hoped to see their favorite uniform in this year’s game were understandably upset.
Those fans, O’s and others alike, took to Twitter to voice their displeasure.
John Means had a lower ERA than any other starting pitcher on the AL All Star Team that pitched tonight by a lot— tay (@trlamb13) July 10, 2019
here are the AL starters who had an appearance in the ASG that have a lower WAR than John Means (3.5)— Connor Guercio (@connor_guercio) July 10, 2019
- Masahiro Tanaka (1.9)
- Jose Berrios (2.0)
- Lucas Giolito (3.3)
- Shane Bieber (2.3)
John Means should have got an inning, my unbiased opinion— Jonah✡️ (@DmvJonah) July 10, 2019
Disappointed John Means didn't get to play, especially since he's a first time All Star and only Oriole there #MLBAllStar— Jordan Kendall (@jordankendall54) July 10, 2019
when John Means doesn’t pitch in the All-Star Game ☹️ pic.twitter.com/GT9DtAOkET— Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) July 10, 2019
It was clear to many who to blame for this injustice.
Good: AL continues its dominance.— Drew Pellman (@Drew_Pellman) July 10, 2019
Bad: Alex Cora fails to pitch a very deserving John Means. #Orioles fans still haven't forgiven Cito Gaston for not pitching Mussina in 1993. May Cora join him on the 💩 list. #BostonSucks
legitimately upset alex cora didn’t even have john means warm up tonight. one of only two lefties in the AL pen, a rookie in his first All-Star game, second-lowest ERA in the AL, and his team’s ***only*** representative. ooooof.— justin L! cousson (@justincousson) July 10, 2019
So I stayed up all night to see John Means pitch in the ASG just for him to not even warm up. Thanks Alex Cora.— Nicholas May (@nicholaysterio) July 10, 2019
Not pitching John Means is why Alex Cora’s team is in third place.— sportsfanatic006 (@oriolesfan68) July 10, 2019
John Means not getting in to pitch is, to me, heinous.— Jon Becker (@jonbecker_) July 10, 2019
I now hate Alex Cora and the Red Sox even more because he didn’t use John Means at all— Peyton☘️ (@PeytonL39) July 10, 2019
Really @MLB you couldn’t give John Means & my O’s 1 batter? 🙄— Jeannine Arduini (@Ilivefor9) July 10, 2019
John Means get left in the bullpen by Alex Cora. That leaves two options for him next time he pitches against the Red Soz:— LegendOfJoey (@Legend_Of_Joey) July 10, 2019
Bean the first hitter, or a 27 strike out perfect game.
I’m annoyed I wasted my night watching that. Trey Mancini gets robbed of his first All Star Game nod, and then they don’t let John Means in the game. But sure, let all the replacement pitchers for injured players pitch.— Theresa (@GertieTheDino) July 10, 2019
Some, of course, took a more optimistic point of view.
John Means will not forget this insolence and he will make all of you pay— 🏈Bopper🏈 (@bopper33) July 10, 2019
First Trey Mancini gets snubbed from the ASG, and then the O’s only representative, John Means, doesn’t even get to play. Unbelievable. Still happy for John and Trey on their successful seasons thus far. #Birdland— Bailey Srebnik (@FsuBailey12) July 10, 2019
The Orioles themselves were all too happy to shine a light on their lone 2019 All-Star.
Always an All-Star 🌟 pic.twitter.com/xCXDxHanUG— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) July 10, 2019
But hey, at least fans did get to see Means at least once!
John Means sighting in the handshake line.— Dillon Atkinson (@DillonTAtkinson) July 10, 2019
Hopefully next year the Orioles have more than one representative to give fans a better chance of seeing a player in the orange and black take the field with the rest of baseball's finest.
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