I just wanted to say thank you again for all your All-Star votes. It really meant a lot to see all the support from my fans, teammates, friends and family.
Over the All-Star break, I was able to sneak away and spend a few days in the Bahamas. I really enjoyed relaxing, laying in the sun and hanging by the pool. We hit incredible weather while we were down there and even ran into some of the Nats players at our hotel. It was great to see them all off the field and be able to chill. Since the season is so long, it is nice to get away when you can and take a break from the game mentally for a few days. The trip was an absolute success because I definitely felt rested after leaving the Bahamas and ready to start playing again.
I'm really looking forward to starting this second half and want to get off to a strong start as a squad. It always makes a difference to open the season back up at home in front of all the Orioles fans. The American League East is as strong as ever and we're up against some tough competition, so it's important for all of us to play as a team and stay in the right mind set. We have to go out there every day ready to play.
I'm looking forward to being home for the rest of the weekend and finishing up strong against the Red Sox and Angels. We're hitting the road again for Canada and New York City next week and I'm looking forward to being in New York City. I always have such a great time there. I hope everyone stays cool this week and I'll see you at Camden Yards!