As much as they trust Brian McCann behind the plate catching, three Braves pitchers have also appreciated having him to turn to for advice in their first trip to the major league All-Star game.

Braves starter Jair Jurrjens, setup man Jonny Venters and closer Craig Kimbrel made the National League All-Star team for the first time, while McCann is a six-time All-Star who'll be in the NL starting lineup for the first time in Tuesday night's game against the American League at Chase Field.

"It's a once-in-a-lifetime thing," Venters said during All-Star media day Monday at the swank Arizona Biltmore. "To be here with these guys, it's an honor to represent the Braves and the National League. I'm pumped about it. I've been calling [McCann] about every five minutes, asking what I'm supposed to do. Me and J.J. and Craig have been kind of following his lead."

McCann, an All-Star in each of his six full seasons in the majors, said it wouldn't take long for his Braves teammates to get the lay of the land.

"It's self-explanatory," he said. "They ask me a couple of questions – what time do we need to be here, what to expect – but other than that, I just told them to take it all in and enjoy every minute of it. It takes your breath away, the first time you walk in that clubhouse, put on that uniform and walk out there and just see all these guys. It's amazing."

McCann was named the 2010 All-Star game MVP after his bases-loaded double drove in three runs and lifted the NL to a 3-1 win. That snapped the American League's 13-year winning streak and earned home-field advantage for the NL in the World Series.

The San Francisco Giants, who beat the Braves in the division series, were grateful for home-field advantage when they beat Texas to win the World Series.