Monday, April 11, 2011
Jered Weaver Announces He Wants To Be A Yankee: Angels 3, Blue Jays 1
Bobby Wilson hit into the only GIDP for the day for the Angels, so there was that; but another 0-fer day from Vernon Wells was thoroughly depressing. Luckily the day ended well, mostly the consequence of a Peter Bourjos RBI triple. The kid really seems to be for real, a bright light of sunshine in a partly cloudy offense.
I remember it was only a few years back when you were absolutely convinced that Weaver was Jeff Jr, destined for injury and degradation. He's only gotten better year over year since then.
If you're going to be wrong once about the guy, do tread a little lighter, and enjoy one of the few homegrown bounties the Angels organization has produced in recent years.
but Weaver's a different story completely - a SoCal kid through and through who is worth what the market will pay and here's hoping they go all GA on him with the contract and not count on anything less. Let's not get too excited yet - it's April and I remember how the Angels used Frank Tanana .
1975: 2.62 ERA, 16 CG, 257.1 IP, 269 K
1976: 2.43 ERA, 23 CG, 288.1 IP, 261 K
1977: 2.54 ERA, 20 CG, 241.1 IP, 205 K
in other words, he pitched his ass and arm off over 3 years and never was the same with the fastball. He battled through it though and won the first clinching playoff game for us in 1979. Remarkably, he ended up with a long career though -21 years, won 240 games, 143 CG, 34 SOs, 2,773 Ks. Do that today and you're in the HOF. Even then for his era, he at least deserves a mention.
the point was though the Angels gassed him by 25 yrs old with the heavy workload. With this bullpen and our season most dependent on Weaver, its not a stretch of the imagination to thoink history can repeat itself. I think i heard the other day Tanana put togethe 19 CG at one stretch.
Dude was good ...AND during a chaitable golf tournament in Spring Training took time out from his round to take a shot on my home basketball court from 3-pt range - that was cool.
Like this pic - nice company!