The last two weeks have been a whirlwind. We've been to Atlanta, we're in Texas now, then off to Boston, so I'm definitely missing playing at home in Camden Yards. We're almost halfway through the season and I can't believe how fast it's gone by already.
We're still in transition and finding our rhythm playing together, but I'm confident in the second half we're going to pick up momentum and finish strong. We have a long homestand when we get back from the All-Star break, so looking forward to seeing you all back there!
On Sunday, I found out I was nominated for the MLB Final Vote contest. I'm honored to be considered again for the MLB All-Star Game in Phoenix, but really do need all of your votes and support. Making this All-Star team would mean as much or more to me then when I made it two years ago.
Being selected as an MLB All-Star is a true honor that I want to continue to bring back to the city of Baltimore. The Orioles haven't had more than one player in the game since 2005 and I'm looking to make that change this year.
Playing in the 2009 All-Star game was a dream. President Obama threw the first pitch that year and I got to meet him before the game in the locker room, which was such an incredible, once in a lifetime experience. Also, getting to play with all the guys on different teams is pretty cool. There are some of the old timers you always dreamt of playing with when you were a kid and the rookies you're showing the way to.
The Final Vote contest ends Thursday, July 7th at 4 p.m. EST, and it would mean a lot if you would continue voting. To do so, just click on the link above. Hopefully, I'll have more to report on from the All-Star Game next time!