Wieters set for cathedrals new and old

Wieters set for cathedrals new and old

NEW YORK -- Matt Wieters might not be just any rookie, but he still takes pleasure in the same things as an ordinary first-year player. Wieters made his first trip to Yankee Stadium on Monday and will get to play in Fenway Park for the first time later in the week, a pair of experiences he'll make sure to savor.

"I always wanted to go see it or play in that one," said Wieters, referring to the original Yankee Stadium. "You get to see the Yankees play all the time on TV. The Yankees are sort of special because of the history they've had, so to be able to walk in and see some of the guys they've got hanging on the banners is pretty cool."

Wieters, the fifth overall selection in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, has endured a rocky transition to the big leagues, batting .239 with a .294 on-base percentage through his first 33 games. But he has enjoyed his first taste of big league action and seems to be growing more comfortable with each new experience.

Wieters, who entered Monday batting .270 with a .313 OBP against right-handed pitchers, said that he'll try to get out to Monument Park at some point during the trip in order to pay his respects to past greats. For now, though, the rookie catcher is more concerned with getting comfortable and producing between the lines.

"I just walked in and took a peek down the nice, long corridor," Wieters said of his first impressions of the new Yankee Stadium. "You always look forward to seeing new parks, especially one as beautiful as this one. You look forward to it more as far as all the money they put into this place, and you get to see where they spent it."

And if Wieters likes a more traditional taste of history, he'll get a taste when the Orioles visit Fenway Park. The Orioles will be in Boston Friday through Sunday, affording Wieters the chance to play at one of the game's true cathedrals.

"This trip is pretty exciting," said Wieters, referring to the experiences in New York and Boston. "I've taken [batting practice at Fenway], but as far as playing a game with the fans there, it should be a little different."

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.