Is Jered Weaver a jerk or just not really funny?
Check this out from last night's game:
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.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @eyeonbaseball on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.