Save the bullpen. That’s what they say, right? Don’t use up all your pitchers. You might need one later.
So, it wasn’t a surprise, but it was still a bummer, that John Means – the Baltimore Orioles lone All-Star rep last night – never got to play. Both sides saved some pitchers.
The American League won.
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At least John Means was available to play. He could have pitched.
The poor Washington Nationals had two All Stars – an unavailable pitcher and an injured position player.
The only Nationals that saw action last night were the Racing Presidents.
Tackling a hot dog – cheating! – is not a good look for a Founding Father.
Anyway, bullpens are a weird place. Relief pitchers just sit around in their own little campsite on their own little bench – their own little tribe. Waiting. Waiting to get the call to warm up. Warming up and then maybe getting the call to sit back down again. Maybe they play. Maybe they don’t.
John Means didn’t. You gotta wait and see.
Waiting and watching the game …
… Waiting on the rain tarp (and not watching the game) …
… Waiting (and freezing in early March) …
Bullpen Photos: Visitors Bullpen, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia. Teams: Louisville, Florida State, Duke. © The Baseball Bloggess, 2019