BALTIMORE (WJZ) — After spending eight years with the Orioles, this will be the first time that catcher Matt Wieters enters Camden Yards sporting a different team’s uniform.
The Nationals signed Wieters to a two-year, $21 million contract in February.
As for how some of the Orioles players feel about the “homecoming,” Chris Davis said, “We’ve known each other since we were in high school. I think it will probably be a little unusual at first, but you know how Matt is. He’s a professional and he takes his job seriously.” Orioles reliever Darren O’Day also commented saying, “He spent a lot of years here. It will be different. It will be good to see him, catch up a little bit.”
Wieters played his entire career in the AL with the Baltimore Orioles after being taken with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2007 draft. He made his major league debut two years later and played in 882 games, winning two Gold Gloves and being selected to four All-Star teams.
Wieters is batting .274 with four home runs and 12 RBIs.
Wieters and the Nationals visit Oriole Park for two games tonight, May 8 and tomorrow, May 9, before the teams trade-0ff in the “Beltway Series” and the Orioles play in D.C. on Wednesday and Thursday.
The Orioles anticipate that fans will greet Wieters with a warm welcome.