We debut our #WNSTSweet16 list with the Greatest Local Sports debuts

January 07, 2014 | Glenn Clark

8. Matt Wieters’ MLB debut for the Baltimore Orioles (May 29, 2009)

I actually struggled with where this belonged on our list. The long-term impact of Wieters’ debut certainly hasn’t lived up to the insane hype that lead up to that Friday night. But the feeling that night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards was as electric as had been seen perhaps since Cal Ripken’s retirement in 2001. Perhaps the most memorable part of the game itself was the imagery of Wieters’ first at-bat coming while a rainbow hung over the B&O Warehouse. It remains chill-inducing nearly five years later.

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. Doug in Ellicott City Says:

    Fun list…interesting insight. Greatest debut in Baltimore history has to be Frank Robinson in 1966. Joe Altobelli didn’t do so bad, either. Two other Orioles debut seasons that come to mind are Mighty Mike Young (’84 & ’85?) and Jim Traber in the summer of ’86.

  2. unitastoberry Says:

    I was at many of those events and I was lucky to be born here in 1958 and grow up with the Orioles and Colts in their prime. I have to totally agree with Frank being number one.
    I was a Jr Oriole in 66 attending many games with my late father. Frank turned this town on its ear and provided baseball with a season for the ages. His 6 years here was the Oriole way!

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