John Means finally got his. The 28-year-old left-handed Baltimore Orioles pitcher struck out 12 batters and retired 27 in a no-hitter performance against the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday.
Means’ baseball journey isn’t close to the standard MLB player, but all of his hard work and determination brought him to one of the greatest pitching performances in Orioles History.
In 2016, Means was serving as a substitute teacher in De Soto, Kansas to help pay rent. Means wasn’t recruited by a division-1 program in college, was drafted out of high school in 2011, got hurt, and didn’t end up making it to the pros until 2015.
His pitching performance on Wednesday was noted as the first orioles pitcher to throw a no-hitter since 1969.
“I can’t even put it into words right now. I felt ok all game, didn’t really have a changeup until the end, but glad I got it going,” Means told MASN after the game.
Means had never pitched more than seven innings and Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said after the game that their locker room’s atmosphere was like they clinched a playoff spot.