David Hess made his major league debut Saturday.
He had plenty of help in the stands.
The who's-who of his guest list, from parents and siblings to cousins and grandparents, teammates to team moms, and how they made it to Baltimore this weekend could chart a path of Hess' entire baseball life. The influence he had on all of them along the way meant they were happy to drop everything and meet Saturday at Camden Yards for him.
It turned out wrangling most of the clan was easier for the circumstances — Hess' wife, Devin, is graduating from West Virginia University with a degree in social work Sunday, and much of her family was planning to be in Morgantown to celebrate that. That included Hess' mother, Charlotte. Those plans changed late Thursday night.