Orioles catcher Matt Wieters has always been obsessed with sports.
He made baseball cards of the U.S. presidents for a fourth grade history project. He traded his Nintendo video game system, the Christmas gift he had to have, for a golf club.
His dad, a former minor league pitcher, taught Wieters to switch-hit about the time the toddler could pick up a plastic bat.
So it was a big day in the Wieters' household when the 4-year-old could finally play on a recreational soccer team. When his family arrived at the initial meeting and practice, Matt stayed by his mom's side. When the rest of the kids followed the coaches onto the field, the boy remained on the sideline,...