The Matt Wieters Stimulus Package

Jarrett CarterAnalyst IMay 30, 2009

JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 27: Matt Wieters #15 of the Baltimore Orioles bats against the Florida Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium on February 27, 2009 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

If you need to know how much Orioles Magic needed to pull a Matt Wieters out of its hat, consider these two games of announced attendance.

Tuesday, a rain-soaked Camden Yards turned out just over 10,000 Orioles faithful, a record low for the club.

Tonight, for the Matt Wieters Holiday, a rain-soaked Camden Yards turned out more than 40,000 fans to watch the Luke Scott Show, as the O’s and a hitless Wieters took out the Detroit Tigers 7-2.

Before every hit, every RBI, and every win that Wieters will bear personal responsibility for in the future, we now know a couple of things about “The Prospect.” He can bring em’ to the yard, and he’s an above-average catcher.

Not only did he sell in excess of 15,000 tickets on just a couple days notice, but his first start gave O’s rookie pitcher Brad Bergesen a confidence to go eight innings and allow just two runs on seven hits.Of course it’s too early to assess him as a starter or his future as an all-star, but he ain’t bad behind the plate and his debut wasn’t a golden sombrero.

So if he falls below expectations, which in the city are somewhere between propelling the Orioles to a division title and walking on the murky waters of the Inner Harbor, at least we know he’s got the short-term goods to deliver Orioles faithful the most precious natural resource in the world.


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