Weaver so pumped he wished he could pitch Thursday, too
On the day after, Angels no-hit wonder Jered Weaver was still on Cloud Nine while hearing from everyone from David Letterman to David Wells. ...
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- He heard from Cooperstown. He heard from David Wells and David Letterman. He heard from what must have seemed like half of Southern California, his final text count reaching 116.
And do you know what?
One day after firing the first no-hitter of his career, a brilliantly pitched game against the Minnesota Twins, Jered Weaver was only sorry about one thing.
"I'm still a little bit pumped up," he said Thursday afternoon, sitting in the Angels dugout before batting practice with a small group of reporters. "I wish I could go out and pitch again tonight.
"My arm probably wouldn't let me."
Nor would his manager, though Mike Scioscia thought Weaver was both dominant and strong enough against the Twins that the right-hander probably was right when he said he felt like he could have gone another two innings.
"I thought he could," Scioscia said.
Life was a blur Thursday for Weaver over the 19 or so hours it had been since Torii Hunter caught the final out of the ninth inning to cap the first individual no-hitter at Angel Stadium since Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan blitzed the Baltimore Orioles on June 1, 1975.
Speaking of which, Weaver's jersey and a baseball from the no-hitter are en route to Cooperstown. A potential Top Ten segment on the Late Show with David Letterman fell through because of a production problem.
"That would be pretty fun," Weaver said, clearly a bit disappointed. "I'm a fan. I watch him every night."
He chuckled about the television shot showing his father, Dave, knocking down a beer during an intense ninth inning.
"The Weavers like their Bud Lights," he quipped.
Sleep didn't find him until about 3:30 a.m., until after, as he said, several teammates helped him celebrate. He slept until about noon and still felt like he was walking on clouds a few hours later.
If you saw a video of that last out, and it looked like Weaver threw his hands toward his head in disbelief, well, it was exactly what it looked like.
"I couldn't believe it," he said. "Never in a million years could I believe that, first and foremost, I'd be pitching in the big leagues but throwing a no-hitter in the big leagues.
"It's surreal. And to do it in front of the home fans, it's unbelievable."
He kept a baseball for himself, the final out baseball, the Alexi Casilla fly ball that nestled into Hunter's glove in the ninth inning. He also kept the lineup card.
He'll have this night forever. But the major-league season rolls on, the Angels are desperately attempting to crawl out of a slump, and guess what?
Weaver's next outing will be Monday, against ... the Minnesota Twins. Yep, crazy.
In a quirk of the schedule, Weaver will face them in Target Field just five days later.
"That's my biggest pet peeve about being a pitcher," Weaver said of the immediate turnaround. "It's tough when you face the same team twice [in a row]. You've got to pitch different, but it's hard to pitch different because at the same time, you've got to pitch to your strengths."
On Wednesday night, it looked like he had enough of them to carry on, strongly, for a long time.