John Means’ brother Jake goes nuts with minors teammates after no-hitter

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Means’ brother goes nuts with minors teammates after no-hitter originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

As John Means cut through the Seattle Mariners lineup Wednesday afternoon, people started to take notice that there was still a certain zero up on the scoreboard. One of those people was Means’ brother Jake, a third baseman in the Kansas City Royals’ minor-league system.

Jake plays for the Low-A Columbia Fireflies, who kicked off their season on the road against the Augusta GreenJackets on Wednesday night. But before the game, the Fireflies’ clubhouse was glued to the TV as John carried a no-hitter into the ninth. When the final out was recorded, Jake and his teammates erupted into cheers.

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It was the Orioles’ first no-hitter completed by a single pitcher since Jim Palmer threw one against the Oakland A’s in 1969. John spoke after the game about how he felt his late father Alan was with him at the ballpark. It was undoubtedly a special moment for the Means family after Alan died of pancreatic cancer last summer.

Nearly 3,000 miles away on the other side of the country, John’s brother was watching too. If Jake and his teammates’ excitement was any indication, Wednesday is going to be a day that none of the Means will ever forget.