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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