Dream Weaver…the Angels believed you could get them through the night! Wednesday, the Angels Ace Jered Weaver pitched the second no-hitter in this young baseball season. The difference between this no-hitter and what Philip Humber did on April 21st is that you will know who Jered Weaver is for a long time coming and through April Weaver would have to be the leading candidate for the AL Cy Young. Luckily for the Sports Debaters, Weaver headlines our fantasy baseball squad for the second straight season.
Weaver was absolutely lights out last night and had the whole sports world watching as ESPN interrupted their regularly scheduled programming to broadcast the 9th inning of his masterful performance. Jered took a very unconventional way of achieving his no-hitter by accumulating 28 outs rather then the normal 27. With two outs in the second inning Weaver threw strike 3 past Minnesota’s Chris Parmelee, but unfortunately the ball squirted past Angel’s catcher Chris Iannetta and Parmelee reached first base safely. With two outs in the 7th inning Weaver walked the Twins Josh Willingham, but besides that Jered was absolutely perfect. On the final out of the game, the Twins Alexi Casilla ripped a shot to deep right field, which I thought was gone when it left his bat, but Gold Glove outfielder Torii Hunter pulled it in and then the celebration started.
My favorite part of this historical moment for Weaver is that there was a possibility he wouldn’t be wearing the Halo this season if he followed in the footsteps of fellow free agent superstars like Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder by pursuing the big bucks. Instead, Weaver chose to stay in his hometown and with the team that has molded his career into one of the best pitchers in baseball. Weaver pitched this gem in front of over 27,000 screaming Angel fans including his family and had this to say, “I was locked in for the most part, my mom, dad, wife, this was awesome.” Jered also credited his teammates after the game, “I’m at a loss for words right now. It hasn’t kicked in yet,” he said. “Thank you for all your support. Couldn’t have done it without the defense. The guys were picking me up left and right.” Last season Weaver finished second in Cy Young votes behind Tigers Ace Justin Verlander and it doesn’t seem like he has missed a step. Maybe this will be his year.
Jered Weaver is one of the few class-acts left in baseball and I for one am extremely happy he had this moment.