Good news: Wieters – Bad news: Spring training fiasco

May 26, 2009 | Drew Forrester

Andy MacPhail’s in-game bombshell during tonight’s game vs. Toronto – Matt Wieters will make his major league debut at home on Friday – serves as the biggest news in Baltimore since, well…since the day MacPhail took the gig in June of 2007.

Wieters’ arrival should spark ticket sales over the weekend when the normally-not-that-interesting Detroit Tigers come to town, so that’s a good thing.  With about 4,000 die-hards in the stadium tonight and iffy weather on the horizon throughout the week, a boost in ticket sales is necessary and welcome.  And I don’t think “Fireworks Night” is gonna do the trick.

So the Wieters news is a bit of an early-season reward for the faithful who have hung in there through a mostly dismal start to the ’09 campaign and a decade or so of despair and hopelessness.

Now, the kid has to deliver.

If I’m betting (and I WOULD bet on this if I could), I bet Wieters delivers in ’09.  I’m not saying he’s going to hit .302 and be the A.L. Rookie of the Year, but I’d wager that he looks like the real deal more times than he doesn’t over the last four months of the season.

So, that’s the good news.  Wieters is up and all is right with the world.

Unless you’re in Sarasota, Florida or Lee County, Florida.

Per their usual business style, the Birds are jerking BOTH of those places around as they seek a new spring training home.

I’ll have representatives of both the Sarasota and Lee County groups on with me by Thursday of this week.  I’ll be writing a piece at later in this week that gives you the TRUTH about how the O’s continue to string these people along and “get nowhere fast” with their heavy-handed corporate style. 

I’ve even offered the O’s a chance to comment and contribute to the story by appearing on the show to give “their side” since, obviously, they DO have a dog in the hunt and they likely have a story that conflicts somewhat with the one being told by the people in Sarasota and Lee County.

The O’s, as of tonight, have not responded or accepted my offer to appear on the show.

So much for “setting the record straight” for their fanbase, I guess.

We’ll be talking (and writing) Wieters and spring training throughout the remainder of the week.

It’s a good news, bad news deal.

That’s usually the case with “our” Birds though.

They just can’t stand prosperity.