Jered Weaver Will Keep His Halo Through 2016! + Other Random Off Day Thoughts

Jered Weaver and the Angels reach a 5-year, $85 million deal 

Jered Weaver warms up in the A's Bullpen. Angels vs. A's Double Header, July 16, 2011. Photo by This is a very simple game...

Major sports news in 2011 breaks more like an avalanche than like the smooth flowing waves of the pre-social media days. It starts with a small flurry of tweets and rumors that quickly progress into larger and more detailed blasts from other forums, Facebook, independent blogs, insider blogs, press blogs and then the full crescendo of completely confirmed new articles comes crashing down. And all of this occurs 24 hours or more before the official press conference, which these days serves more as an opportunity to get feelings and impressions about that which everyone already knows, takes place.

When this particular avalanche began, I was on my way back down the highways from Yosemite, ecstatic about the Angels perfectly timed sweep of the Orioles, contemplating everything I needed to do to get ready for Monday morning and it just didn’t register. But as the avalanche grew Sunday night? Well, have you ever seen a grown woman restraining herself with effort from turning cartwheels in the living room? Yeah, it was like that. If I thought I was excited about Angels news earlier in the day, well that was nothing compared to how I felt by evening time.

So, Jered Weaver is now an Angel until 2016, with a full no-trade clause to boot. *Cue happy dances and shouts of joy* I’m not going to say I never worried about him leaving the Angels, because as my blog will attest, that isn’t true. But the full no-trade clause confirms my long held suspicion, as my blog will also attest, that Weaver wants to stay in Anaheim as much as the fans and the organization want him to. Everything I’ve ever read about Weaver says he’s a Los Angeles/Orange County boy through and through. He grew up here. He went to college here. He still lives near his folks, who come to many of his games. I’ve gotten the impression from interview snippets that he’s known his fiancé and many of his best friends since high school or longer. He has been an Angel since day one, and although signing the initial contract with him after the draft took some doing, he never once indicated he wanted to look at playing anywhere else. This has always charmed me about him. I know I feel the same way about continuing to live in the same county I grew up in, near family and old friends. A lot of us do. It’s alI very human and relatable…and I hoped that a) I was reading between the lines correctly and b) this meant that if the front office didn’t muck things up, Weaver would work with them to stay in an Angels uniform.

The Angels will continue to have the two aces at least through 2013. Clearly Weaver is imagining all the possibilities. ;) Angels vs. A's, May 25, 2011. Photo by This is a very simple game...

I had my concerns. The Angels are known for being pennywise and pound foolish about contracts. Weaver’s agent Scott Boras is well known to prefer his clients to go through lucrative free agency bidding wars and players often like to test the free agency waters themselves to get an idea of what’s out there. But in the end, the hometown kid, who just happens to be one of the best pitchers currently in the game, stays with the hometown team that really appreciates and needs his killer stuff and all is right with my baseball world! I know many Angels fans were miffed when the organization didn’t make any trades in July. (Not me, because I didn’t see anyone out there who would make enough of a difference to the Angels to justify what we would probably have had to give up, but that was the subject of another blog post…) Now that we know what the front office had in mind instead, I hope this news makes up for any lingering disappointments on that front. 

Jerome Williams Notches a W 

I love Jerome Williams’s story of perseverance and dedication, making it back to Major League Baseball, but I was uncertain about starting him Sunday. It’s not like we have a lot of other options. But I thought his relief outing against Texas was inconclusive. No runs or walks, but two hits and he was behind in a few counts in the one inning he pitched. Clearly he deserved extra slack for his first inning back on the mound in the Majors but still, to me it was inconclusive. Well darned if he didn’t pitch a heck of game on Sunday! No walks, six strikeouts and only one earned run and six hits in seven innings to complete the Angels sweep of the O’s. That would have kept the Angels in the game even if the offense hadn’t shown up. Welcome to the rotation Mr. Williams! And if you keep pitching like this, I hope you stay a good long while! 

Yosemite Weekend 

Yosemite Falls viewed from a meadow on the Yosemite Valley Floor. Yosemite National Park, August 20, 2011. Photo by This is a very simple game...(Seth)

As ecstatic as I was about the Weaver news and the Angels victory and the fact that the Angels bridged another game along the gap to first place (Thank you White Sox! I promise I loved you all the way up until sunset today. ;) ), I was just too tired from having fun to post about it all until today. My husband’s family has a cabin in Yosemite, literally inside the national park on private land surrounded by federal land. Trust me, I know how lucky I am. Not only are my in laws absolutely lovely people, they have all of these wonderful toys. They are rebuilding the cabin this summer from the original 1920’s construction (you know, giving it a foundation and other modern frills, he he) so the family gathered en semi masse in the park this weekend to make a few decisions about the construction and play in Yosemite Valley. 

It was a fantastic weekend! We biked through Yosemite Valley and Wawona, hiked a few of the more popular trails (I’ve been on most of them at one point or another, but we were there with our young niece and nephew, so it was a minimal hiking, trail highlights kind of weekend. They’re good kids and did really, really well!) and goofed around together taking in the sheer breathtaking beauty of it all. One of the many things I have enjoyed about this blogging community is all of the fun details I have learned about other teams and also about life in other parts of the country. Yosemite definitely offers a non-traditional view of California, so I thought I would share a few photos. I posted about the trip in more detail here, and with more photos, if anyone is interested.

The famous view of Yosemite Valley from Glacier Point. It was even a little hazy Saturday - there was a controlled lightning fire on the hill behind us - and the view is still gorgeous! Yosemite National Park, August 20, 2011. Photo by This is a very simple game...

 

The brown footed loons continue their annual summer migration in random patterns throughout the state, via the inland route, on bicycles through Yosemite Valley. That is half dome behind us. Yosemite National Park, August 20, 2011. Photo by This is a very simple game...

18 Comments

I think the Angels made a great deal here. Jered Weaver is not only a pitcher the Angels can build a starting rotation around, but also a player that can lead the team. He also sells a lot of merchandise for the Angels and attracts a bunch of fans to the ballpark. Overall, Jered Weaver’s a great player to have and many teams wish they had him.
Check out The Rays Rant: http://yossif.mlblogs.com/ (and maybe you can add it as a link on the ‘AL East Blogs’)

Thanks for dropping by my blog and commenting, Yossif. I definitely think the Angels got a great deal here but I also think Weaver did. He gets to lock in five years with the team he wants to stay with for no small amount of money and without the long drawn out negotiations which he seems to hate. Win/win, especially for the fans. :)

– Kristen

Weaver is going to continue to add to an exciting team. I see a championship on the horizon.

—Mark Gauthier
http://cubden.mlblogs.com/

Welcome back from vacation, Mark. I sure hope so – I know that’s definitely Weaver’s goal. A championship would be amazing!

– Kristen

One of the best pitchers in the league AND he took a home town discount. Can’t ask for more than that.

Also, great pics from Yosemite.

http://bluejaysnest.mlblogs.com/

Thanks Bluejaysnest! No, I certainly can’t ask any more than that from our Ace. I am pretty darned full of happy right now.

– Kristen

Those look like some happy brown footed loons! Great pics! And I feel your joy in keeping Weaver. I think that was a wise move on his part to stay there. And $85 mil sure ain’t nothin’ to sneeze at. *Dreaming of a cabin in the woods*
–Jeff

Thanks Jeff! Yes, very happy and very loony. I think Weaver made out well in the deal too. It seems like everyone got what they wanted which is rare in this game…heck, in this life. :)

– Kristen

Exactly. On MLBN last night Mitchy Poo and Rip were givin’ him props for not being greedy and for valuing happiness over a dollar while Amsinger couldn’t believe he left as much as maybe $5-$7 million a year on the table. But when you’re making $17 mil a year, does it really matter? I think not.
–Jeff

Great pictures from Yosemite. Never been there but it looks gorgeous. As for the Weaver signing, it was a perfect move! Kudos to the Angels for this move.

Ron

Thanks Ron! It is gorgeous and in a very California way. It’s a lot drier and newer, with more raw rock formations than footage I’ve seen of, say, Yellowstone, which is definitely on the bucket list. I was so proud of my team and Weaver for this deal! Pretty darned ecstatic over here.

– Kristen

Signing pitchers long term always makes me nervous, there are so many examples of pitchers not being able to live up to the contract. However, it is something that has to be done from time to time and Weaver is as good a bet as any to succeed.

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I hear you Wrigley but in this case I think it’s a solid bet. His mechanics are great and not too wearing on the body. He’s only gotten better with no signs of slowing anytime soon. And when he does start to slow, well, he already lives on finesse, accuracy and deception. I think he’ll be fine for five. It’s the seven year pitcher contracts and the five year contacts for older pitchers that wig me.

– Kristen

Yosemite looks beautiful! I watched my White Sox get slaughtered at the hands of Weaver on Wednesday night…grateful he’ll be staying far away from us for the next few years ;)
Catherine

For limited definitions of far, Catherine. We do play you guys a few times a year, he he. Your rookie did pretty good though. Held us off for a few innings.

– Kristen

These pics are just breathe-taking. It must have been a very surreal experience to ride through this territory. Glad that Weaver signed on to play in your neck of the woods for years to come. Hometown players are the best!
–Mike
‘Minoring In Baseball’

Thanks Mike! It was a little surreal but very grounding too – just you and the park and the strength of your own legs propelling you through it. Hometown players are the best. I hope we get to keep all of our hometown rookies too. :)

– Kristen

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