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Jered Weaver objects to a homer, again

Posted on: August 19, 2011 2:42 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2011 4:26 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Is Jered Weaver a jerk or just not really funny?

Check this out from last night's game:

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, after Mike Napoli rounded the bases, "Weaver was barking something toward the Rangers' dugout intended for Napoli."

Now, Take another look at the homer. Does Napoli hustle out of the box? No. But you don't have to when you hit it that hard. There's no bat flip, no prolonged trot, not even a glance at Weaver. Still, Weaver was upset.

After the game, Napoli said he noticed, saying to reporters, "What? You can't hit homers off him now?"

Weaver, though, said it was a joke -- even though it didn't see funny to anyone at the time (or really afterward).

"I don't know what you're talking about," Weaver told reporters, including Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. "The guy's a friend of mine. Pretty much joking more than anything."

Apparently it didn't seem like a joke to Napoli, a former Angel. Keep in mind, Weaver had a little problem with the way the Tigers reacted a couple of weeks ago to a homer and took matters into his own hands and served a six-game suspension after hitting Alex Avila to protest Carlos Guillen's homer.

Guillen's homer, of course, was a little different -- I'll give Weaver that. (And post it, just because I'm still amazed at just how much Guillen admired this shot.)

Weaver, at least, didn't hit David Murphy, the next batter after Napoli's homer. Nobody likes not doing well at their job -- and Weaver pitched masterfully except for that one pitch -- but it's no reason to be a jerk. Weaver's always had the reputation of being, well, difficult. But getting mad at Napoli for simply doing his job is going over the line, and frankly, this act is getting old.

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Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:39 am

Jered Weaver objects to a homer, again

Weaver never hit Avilla with the pitch, it was thrown over his head. Please get your facts straight if you want to be a journalist.
LOL ... you know what the best part of all this is? When Weaver finishes second in the Cy Young voting to Justin Verlander it will more than likely be because of Guillen and the suspension.

Guillen gets Weaver twice ... I love it!

Since: Jun 19, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2011 10:38 am

Jered Weaver objects to a homer, again

Dearest Mr. Rosecrans
 Weaver never hit Avilla with the pitch, it was thrown over his head. Please get your facts straight if you want to be a journalist.

Since: Apr 3, 2010
Posted on: August 24, 2011 10:31 am

Jered Weaver objects to a homer, again

Wayyyyy too much is made of these batters "showing" pitchers up by staring at their moon shot home runs.

Personally if I hit a 95 mph pitch 400 plus feet you better believe Im gonna stare at it for a couple of seconds before trotting around the bases...Napoli obviously knew he got it all and since it wasnt a grounder or a lazy flyout why would Weaver expect him to haul ass outta the box?

Dunno why Weaver is like that..dude is a great pitcher but needs to relax. What Napoli did wasnt even in the same ballpark as what Guillen did.

Since: May 29, 2007
Posted on: August 20, 2011 5:53 am

Jered Weaver objects to a homer, again

@seenkdab - Hey, man, I'm glad you played college ball and all, but you totally missed my point.  I don't have a problem with Guillen showing Weaver up, or Weaver plunking Avila.  It's baseball, that's all part of the game.  My point is that the writer referenced the incident, and then delivered his opinion on it as if he was giving us the full story.  Which, if you were watching the game - like I was - you'd know isn't true.  He left out the entire lead-up about Weaver and Magglio, and then commented on Guillen's showboating as if it happened in a bubble.  It's sloppy reporting, and I've been seeing a lot of it on CBS Sports lately.  Get a clue.  

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: August 19, 2011 8:39 pm

Jered Weaver objects to a homer, again

I will begin by saying that I am not a fan of the Angels of Jered "I'm not really overrated" Weaver. With that in mind, hitters who hit home runs should not showboat. As one pro aptly said "Dude...act like you have done it before". A few months ago some ball player hit a home run in the minors and was being a total jerk while running the bases. I don't have time to look it up, but I'm sure someone here knows the player I'm talking about. 

*FYI...that player is Bryce Harper, June 6, 2011. 


Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: August 19, 2011 5:20 pm

Jered Weaver objects to a homer, again

If you going to call someone out on their facts - make sure you have yours right.  The Home Run Mags hit was over the middle of the bullpen - not down the line - it was curving back toward the foul line.  It is questionable whether he was or was not waiting to se if it was fair.  Jim Leyland felt he was and that is good enough for me, but you noticed Leyland did not even try to defend what Carlos Guillen did.  Is Mags such a baby that he needs Guillen to stick up for him?  I doudt it. 

I played ball all the way through College, not well, but I played - if one of my teammates did what Ordenez did and I was next up I knew I was probably going to a least have to get out of the way of a fastball.  Instead Weaver yelled - like an idiot - but at least he didn't dust the next hitter!  If a teammate did what Guillen did, I knew I was going to get drilled!  Period, end of question.  Weaver's screaming and yelling antics were pretty funny - way out of line - needs to learn to control his emotions better.  Going a step further - Angels manger is known to be against retaliation and yet after watching Weaver act like a 5 year ago in his conversation with the umpire and warnings being issued he never went to the mound to try to prevent it.  He comes from the old school and know that what Guillen did was way out of line and that my have had something to do with it.

But you want to discuss funny: let's talk about Verlander being upset because Aybar bunted on him!  Aybar bunts almost once a game and because he is throwing a no-hitter no one can bunt?  The object is to win the game! 

Then a reporter notes that Aybar elbowed Verlander on the play at the plate - in that situation, in college we were taught to make contact and preferably run the player over who is standing in the basepath without the ball (you are awarded home plate)- Verlander is lucky he only got an elbow. 

Sorry, but I felt the Tigers brought this one on themselves.  Also feel that Weaver and Verlander listened to the hype for this game and got caught up in it.  Both went overboard!  Plenty of blame to go around here - but nothing would have happened besides the shouting back and fourth without Guillen's action - Guillen is the blame and he didn't get suspended!  Weaver should have and did pay for his actions, Guillen didn't.

For those of you who don't know Napoli and Weaver are friends so this article is probably just someone trying to stir up controversy.  As a Basebal fan I'm going to love to see the next Weaver VS Guillen fight hope the undercard is Verlander VS Aybar maybe a baseball game will break out.

Since: May 29, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2011 3:52 pm

Jered Weaver objects to a homer, again

Hey Rosecrans, how about getting your facts straight before you invent your own history of events and post it online as truth.  First of all, Weaver plunked Alex Avila, not Magglio Ordonez.  And the only reason Guillen "admired" his homerun so much was because a few innings earlier, Weaver started barking at Ordonez as he rounded the bases after hitting one out.  According to Weaver, Maggs stood in the box and watched his homer for too long before taking off.  But the only reason he did that was because he he hit it straight down the line and was waiting to see if it would stay fair.  It's not like Guillen was unprovoked, he was sticking up for his teammate.  That's how it went down.

Seriously, where does CBS Sports find you hack writers?  This site is going down the toilet.

Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: August 19, 2011 2:53 pm

Jered Weaver objects to a homer, again

that monster energy sign in left center past the rocks is awesome!!!!!

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