These have been some very dark days for the fans of the Baltimore Orioles. Since 1998 not only has the franchise not made the playoffs, but they also haven’t finished over .500. This streak of awful baseball has taken what used to be a great baseball town and turned it into a passive fan base. The good news is there might be some light at the end of tunnel and one of the reasons for that is their two time All-Star stud catcher Matt Wieters.
Wieters was the 5th pick in the draft out of Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech holds a special place in Matt’s heart not only for his baseball career there but also because that is where he met his wife Maria. Before the 2009 season the couple married when Matt was only 22. Together the couple is actively involved in a campaign alongside the mayor of Baltimore to help combat animal cruelty. Matt was photographed with both his dog Millie and his cat Omaha (gotta be named after the college world series home right?) showing tough men of Baltimore and their softer side with pets.
In spring training of 2011 Maria was involved in a terrible accident. While driving, a motorcycle tried to pass Maria and the two ended up colliding. The motorcyclist, despite wearing a helmet, was killed in the accident. Maria was not cited for the accident but still as anyone can imagine was understandably extremely shaken up about the incident.