Jered Weaver names son after Nick Adenhart

Jered-Weaver-Nick-Adenhart-initialsLos Angeles Angels pitcher Jered Weaver and his wife Kristin gave birth to their first child on Friday, and they named him after a friend Jered lost more than four years ago. The baby’s name is Aden, which is spelled that way to honor former Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart.

As most of you know, Adenhart and two other friends were killed by a drunk driver back in 2009, when he was only 22 years old. Prior to his death, Weaver and Adenhart had become close friends. Weaver was an emerging ace at the time and Adenhart was an up and coming prospect, and Jered basically took him under his wing. Weaver still writes the initials “NA” on the back of the mound when he pitches.

Jered and Kristin honored the Adenhart family with the spelling of their son’s first name, but the name itself is a tribute to an 11-year-old boy they recently met who was ill. Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports pointed out that the boy, Aidan, had come to Angels Stadium to meet his two favorite players, Weaver and Dustin Pedroia, and later passed away.

All in all, a classy tribute from the Weaver family.

Jered Weaver honors Dr. Lewis Yocum with initials on mound

Jered Weaver returned for the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday after spending nearly two months on the disabled list. The All-Star pitcher was perfect for the first four innings and threw six innings of one-run ball in the Angels’ 4-3 win over the Dodgers. Weaver earned his first win of the season, and he also did something pretty special before the game began.

Weaver honored Dr. Lewis Yocum, the Angels’ team orthopedist who died on Saturday, by writing the physician’s initials on the back of the mound at Angel Stadium, as noted by the LA Times’ Mike DiGiovanna:

Jered Weaver Lewis Yocum

Weaver normally puts an “NA” at the back of the mound in remembrance of Nick Adenhart, his former teammate who died in 2009 after being killed by a drunk driver in a car crash that happened the same night the prospect pitched six scoreless innings.

On Wednesday, Weaver decided to honor Yocum, who lost his battle with liver cancer.

“He was the one to go to and he always had the right answer,” Weaver said of Yocum, via the AP. “It was always about what was in your best interests, and if he didn’t recommend it, he would say it. He was always truthful and honest about all the little nagging injuries that go with trying to get through the course of the season.”

The Angels honored Yocum earlier in the month by naming their training room after him. Weaver put a placard bearing Yocum’s name above the room’s door in the clubhouse. A couple of classy gestures by one of the Angels’ most thoughtful players.

Angels to have five Mike Trout giveaways, none for Jered Weaver or Josh Hamilton

The Los Angeles Angels enter the 2013 season with a roster filled with superstars, but none may be more popular than Mike Trout. The 21-year-old burst onto the scene last year and was one of the best players in baseball. Had it not been for Miguel Cabrera winning the Triple Crown, Trout could have easily taken home the American League MVP award.

How popular is Trout in LA? Of the eight giveaway promotions the Angels will be holding this season featuring individual players, five have to do with Trout. As the LA Times called to our attention, the team will be giving away Trout bobblehead dolls, kids’ jerseys, blankets, hats and drinking glasses. Albert Pujols, CJ Wilson and Mark Trumbo make up the other three player promotions, meaning no love for Jered Weaver or Josh Hamilton.

It seems there is no question who the most popular player is on a team that has realistic World Series aspirations. Fans are already more than capable of identifying Trout when they see him on the street, and the youngster seems to be enjoying the ride.

“Everywhere I go, I hear my name whispered: ‘That’s Trout! That’s Trout!'” he said. “You can only do this one time.”

Angels vice president of communications Tim Mead said it was a no-brainer for the team to capitalize on Trout’s popularity with the way he performed in 2012.

“If Albert had been the MVP last year, perhaps there would be the same items pushing that,” Mead said.

Amen to that. When a player robs not one, not two, not three, but four home runs over the course of a season, it’s no surprise that he becomes a fan favorite. Mix in his .326 batting average, 30 homers, 49 stolen bases and that massive fish he caught over the summer and you see why Trout could soon become the most popular player in America.

Jered Weaver would accept gay teammate; Robert Fick would be uncomfortable

Jered WeaverFormer MLB All-Stars — and yes, we say that lightly — Robert Fick and Dmitri Young have a new video podcast. They debuted their show on Tuesday, which was before San Francisco 49ers CB Chris Culliver’s homophobic remarks were publicized. The Southern California natives were joined by brothers Jered and Jeff Weaver (also from SoCal) for the show.

Jeff, Robert, and Dmitri were all teammates on the atrocious ’02 Detroit Tigers, while Young and Fick were later teammates on the ’07 Washington Nationals. Naturally, there was a high level of comfort among the guys, so the show had a very conversational tone.

About 17 minutes into the program, Fick and Young began actually discussing real topics. The first one they brought up concerned gay teammates in light of Torii Hunter’s anti-gay remarks that were publicized last month.

Fick, who openly cussed and referenced marijuana multiple times throughout the program, said he would be “uncomfortable” with a gay teammate. The Weavers took a different view.

“I don’t want a gay baseball player in my clubhouse,” said Fick. “It would be uncomfortable.”

Jered Weaver expressed his support, saying if the teammate is producing, “bring ‘em on.”

“If you’re hitting .300 with 40 and 140, bring ‘em on, you know? I think it would just be a shock at first, but it’s still your teammate in the long run,” said Weaver, as transcribed by Big League Stew. “They worked just as hard as us to get up to where we’re at.”

Fick reconsidered after Weaver made his point and said, “I’m sure I’d get over it.”

Jeff Weaver shared a similar opinion to his brother.

“Just let ‘em be the way they are,” Jeff Weaver said. “As long as they can hit or pitch.”

Young cracked a homophobic joke before saying, “to me, people are people so it doesn’t bother me.”

They then moved onto the topic of PEDs in light of the Biogensis bust revealed on Tuesday.

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Jered Weaver sings along to ‘Hit the Road, Jack’ as he’s pulled (Video)

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Jered Weaver has looked like a Cy Young contender through the early part of the 2012 MLB season, but he could not beat the Rangers on Sunday night. In fact, he was shellacked by them. Just two starts after his no-hitter, Weaver allowed eight earned runs on 10 hits and could not get out of the fourth inning. With the way the Rangers’ offense has been clicking this year, not many pitchers have gone deep into games in Arlington this season.

Either he wanted to show Rangers fans that he wasn’t phased by hearing Ray Charles’ “Hit the Road, Jack” after throwing 3 and 1/3 brutal innings, or Weaver just really likes the tune. Whatever the reason, Jered decided to sing along on his way off the mound. Another day, another victim in Texas. At least this one appears to have handled it well.

H/T Deadspin

Jered Weaver’s father was drinking a beer as his son was going for the last out of a no-hitter

Jered Weaver threw a no-hitter against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night, and there may not have been a calmer person in the park than his father, Dave. Dave Weaver was sipping a beer as his son was one out away from recording the 10th no-hitter in Angels franchise history. No pressure, right?

“It’s unbelievable, it’s one of these things where you never expect it,” Weaver told FSN West after the game. “Jered’s worked really hard, so I can’t be happier for him. I’m very proud of him — it’s just unbelievable.”

Dave explained that he didn’t get tense until Jered was two outs away from the no-hitter. His reasoning was that his other son, Jeff, once lost a no-hit bid on the final out.

Alexi Casilla came close to breaking it up on the final out, but luckily Torii Hunter hauled in a lined shot to deep right for the last out. We’re guessing Dave did plenty of guzzling to polish that thing off before heading down to the field to congratulate his son.

Oh, and I must wrap up this article with the obligatory “Jered Weaver has more no-hitters this season than Albert Pujols has home runs” line. Well done, Weav, you deserve it.

Angels Pitching Ervin Santana and Jered Weaver on Three Days’ Rest vs. Rangers

There is only a month left in baseball’s regular season and the Texas Rangers lead the Angels by 2.5 games in the AL West. Texas took three of four from the Angels in Anaheim last week and the teams meet again for a three-game weekend series. Angels manager Mike Scioscia knows time is running out on the season so he’s decided to gamble for the monstrous series; he’s pitching Ervin Santana and Jered Weaver on short rest against Texas.

Dan Haren will start Friday against Derek Holland. Haren beat the Orioles the previous week so he has a full six days off. Santana, however, pitched eight innings on Tuesday against the White Sox. He’ll pitch Saturday against C.J. Wilson. Jered Weaver pitched seven scoreless innings on Wednesday to beat Chicago the day after signing a five-year extension with the club. Weaver will pitch Sunday against Colby Lewis.

Neither pitcher has ever started on three days’ rest. Now it’s time to see what they’re made of. Something tells me Weaver will be up for the task. Let’s hope Santana will be too.