The stars of Major League Baseball - including our very own Bryce Harper and Jordan Zimmermann of the Washington Nationals - join the mid-season All-Star game on Tuesday.
It is a game relished by the players. For men who grew up with dreams of one day playing in the big leagues, the recognition of being among the very best often means as much as their other rewards.
Federal managers facing the squeeze of pay freezes, budget reductions and furloughs may want to take note.
As part of a recent analysis of 2012 "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" data, the Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte examined federal employee satisfaction with performance-based rewards and advancement in their agencies and it appears that recognition is in short supply.
Out of 10 workplace categories examined, workers rated performance-based rewards and advancement last, as they have since 2005. In 2012, federal workers gave a score of only 43.4 points on a scale of 100. This means that only four out of 10 employees believed that they will be rewarded for doing good work.
Federal managers, what's your version of the All-Star game?