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PostPosted: Tue 11/28/06 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Probably so--he played for both the Cardinals and Dodgers in his day.
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PostPosted: Mon 6/11/07 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Angels were in St. Louis this weekend, so, according to yesterday's L.A. Times:

"Jered Weaver doesn't mind serving as a courier for his brother Jeff, considering the goods he gets to deliver. The Angels pitcher received a replica World Series ring and a commemorative necklace from St. Louis on Saturday, and he expects to take possession of the genuine diamond- encrusted championship ring before the Angels leave town.

Jeff Weaver couldn't pick up the jewelry he earned for helping the Cardinals win their first World Series title in 24 years because he signed with the Seattle Mariners in the off-season. The replica ring will go to his father and the necklace to his mother."
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PostPosted: Mon 6/11/07 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

STLToday.com's version:

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Angels righthander Jered Weaver, who spent the playoffs decked out in Cardinals' garb, received a Cardinals World Series ring in the Angels clubhouse on Saturday. It was for his brother, former Cardinals pitcher Jeff Weaver. He said his brother, who is now in Seattle, wasn't sure how to get the title ring so he asked Jeff to play courier, picking it up with other championship baubles for their parents.

Jeff returned from the disabled list to start Saturday for the Mariners, with whom he's struggled, going 0-6 with a 14.32 ERA. The Cardinals don't play Seattle this season. Jered said it was a "tough decision" for Jeff to leave St. Louis.

"St. Louis didn't come at him too hard, as hard as he thought they would," said Jered, who will start Sunday for the Angels. "It was in his best interests, I guess, to go to Seattle. At the same time, I'm sure he kind of regrets in the back of his mind not coming back here. At the same time ... business is business."
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PostPosted: Mon 6/11/07 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OC Register's version follows (typically I would have included it, given they are the Angels' hometown newspaper, but I felt the Times had better coverage in this case). I liked knowing their mom was getting the necklace. Smile

"Jered Weaver was presented with a World Series ring Saturday afternoon - his brother’s. The Cardinals gave the ring to Jered so that he can pass it on to his brother, Jeff, who was a member of the Cardinals’ 2006 championship team (after he was traded to the Cardinals by the Angels in July), but is with the Mariners this season. The Mariners do not play the Cardinals this season.

...Jered said the replica will go to the Weavers' parents."

From the Riverside Press-Enterprise:

"Jered likely will deliver it to Jeff on July 30 when the Mariners and Angels play."

I suppose that's probably the next time they'll see each other or be in the same city at the same time.

Surprisingly, the Weavers' hometown newspaper, the Ventura County Star, said even less about this than any of the others.
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PostPosted: Mon 8/13/07 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With the Anaheim Angels and Seattle Mariners involved in a pretty good race for the AL West, the L.A. Times reported during their last series (on July 31) that "Weaver versus Weaver will have to wait until at least the end of next month...Brothers Jered and Jeff Weaver missed facing each other for the first time in their careers by a day; Jeff starts tonight for the Mariners, Jered on Wednesday for the Angels.

'I'd have to be in the situation to let you know how it felt,' Jered said of the possibility of squaring off against his brother. 'It's just too weird to even think about.'

Didn't they play against each other in the backyard growing up?

'I was always too young to be hanging out with him,' said Jered, who is six years younger. 'He didn't want his punk brother hanging around with him.' "

Laughing Laughing Laughing

But apparently, with a lot of scoreboard watching considering the heated race, each is following along about how the other is doing.

Helene Elliott writes in today's L.A. Times:

"Angels' Jered Weaver shares his good day with his brother"

He is elated to give up only two runs in a season-best 7- 1/3 innings, and also to see that his brother Jeff pitched a shutout for Seattle.

August 13, 2007

Jered Weaver has struggled lately to fine-tune his command, but he is never so wrapped up in himself that he can't find time to chat with his older brother, Jeff, his teammate with the Angels last season and now part of the Seattle Mariners' pitching staff.

Aware that Jeff was starting at Chicago on Sunday -- and sympathetic to his brother's plight during a difficult season that was winless through late June -- the 24-year-old right-hander couldn't resist taking frequent peeks at the out-of-town scoreboard. Jered was encouraged each time he spied a zero next to the White Sox's name, and when he was told that Jeff had pitched a shutout, he was positively jubilant.

And, maybe, more than a little inspired.

Despite the six-year gap between 6-foot-5 Jeff and his 6-7 "little" brother, the Northridge-born siblings are not rivals. They chat at least every other day, Jered said, if not daily. A bond that has withstood the tests of time and distance has not been weakened by their unique position as competitors in a division race in which both figure to play prominent roles.

Although they were far apart on Sunday, the duo may never have been closer. Jeff's superb five-hit performance became a standard of excellence for Jered, who responded by giving up only two runs during a season-best 7 1/3 innings of the Angels' 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

In winning for only the second time in his last eight starts -- he also had two losses and four no-decisions -- Jered Weaver maintained the Angels' 3 1/2 -game lead over the Mariners. Knowing that his brother was experiencing the same kind of elation put a wide grin on Jered's face, a perfect accompaniment to a nose turned sunburn-pink by the summer sun that scorched Angel Stadium.

"We've matched up a couple of times, but I think it was the first time the same day we both got a win out of it," said Weaver, who reluctantly yielded to Justin Speier after Alexi Casilla singled up the middle on Weaver's 93rd pitch.

"It was a good day for the Weavers today."

It was a good day for the Angels too, a triumphant final flourish to a 5-1 homestand that extended their major league-best home record to 40-17. But next up are some of the most difficult of the 22 road games left on their schedule, starting Tuesday with a three-game series at Toronto and four at Boston.

They know this much: If they are to stay ahead of Seattle, they will need the efficient, confident Jered Weaver they saw Sunday.

That's the pitcher who consistently got ahead and didn't let many batters go deep in the count. Who didn't walk anyone -- a distinction his brother shared -- and who located his fastball well and threw a lively breaking ball that kept the Twins off stride.

"He didn't pick at the plate, either. He got two strikes on someone, he went right at him," said Mike Butcher, the Angels' pitching coach.

Weaver has been trying to remember to take charge each time he's on the mound and dispense with hitters quickly, not letting them settle in and get comfortable.

"I'm not going to be able to strike everybody out. It's not college anymore," said Weaver, who excelled at Long Beach State and was the Angels' first-round draft pick in 2004.

"I was able to get ahead and had a lot of help with the defensive end, as always. And the boys were able to get some runs later, and that kind of helped me out a little bit."

Every game was like that for him last season, when he was 9-0 and tied an American League rookie record for the best start to a career. His course this season has not been as smooth.

After a 1-3 start, he won five consecutive decisions through mid-June. But his efforts went unrewarded for the next month, when he gave up six earned runs in four starts from June 27 to July 21 but received little run support and had two losses and two no-decisions.

Then, he was rocked for six runs in consecutive starts against Detroit and Seattle but rebounded for a two-run performance against Boston last Monday in which he didn't get a decision.

"It's a long season and there's going to be some bad-luck times and some good times," he said. "I got on a really good roll last year, and this year it's been a battle."

The one battle he hasn't had to face is pitching against his brother, but with the Angels and Mariners due to play seven more times, that could happen in the next few weeks. Butcher said he'd wouldn't avoid scheduling Jered to oppose Jeff.

Jered is dreading the prospect.

"We were looking forward to matching up, but at the same time, hopefully we don't," he said.

"It would be kind of weird. I would have to be in the situation to see how I'd feel. Right now, I'd rather pass on that."

Proving that brotherly love is more powerful than a pennant race -- at least for the moment.



Helene Elliott can be reached at helene.elliott@latimes.com. To read previous columns by Elliott, go to latimes.com/elliott.


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PostPosted: Wed 8/29/07 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jered Weaver beat the Mariners today in Safeco Field. (Sorry, "M"s fans.) Jeff started last night for Seattle and got a no-decision (but his team lost).

You can see I bumped this up two weeks ago when it was clear there wasn't going to be a Weaver vs. Weaver match-up then.

Well, a few days ago it was determined there would not be one this series, either.

According to the L.A. Times, last week:

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Weaver vs. Weaver will have to wait. (Angels manager Mike) Scioscia's decision to plug Ervin Santana into the rotation Thursday against Toronto means Jered Weaver will start Friday against Toronto and next Wednesday in Seattle.

Had Weaver not been moved back, he would have been aligned with older brother Jeff, the Mariners right-hander who is scheduled to pitch Thursday against Texas and next Tuesday against the Angels. Instead of squaring off in Seattle, the brothers will miss each other by a day.

"Dang it," Jered said Tuesday, before acknowledging he's not looking forward to pitching against Jeff. "I don't want to put my parents in that situation. I don't want my dad to have a heart attack out there. It would be great for history -- I don't know how many times it's happened -- but it would be kind of weird for me."

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PostPosted: Sat 10/31/09 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Earlier this year, the Weaver brothers, Jeff and Jered, faced each other on the mound in interleague play as the Dodgers met the Angels in the Freeway Series. Some may recall my report on that first-ever meeting between them, as I wrote about here . (Jeff's team bested Jered's in that one.)

Although their teams were eliminated in the LCS, this postseason, the Weavers became only the second set of brothers ever to claim victories for their respective teams in the playoffs, in the same year, during the LDS. Jeff notched a win over the Cardinals for L.A., while Jered, with Anaheim, beat the Red Sox, both wins coming in the division series.

From MLB.com:

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In the second postseason start of his career, Jered Weaver on Friday turned away the Red Sox, 4-1, in Game 2 of the American League Division Series at Angel Stadium.

Putting Boston one loss away from elimination, this effort followed a victory by Jeff Weaver in relief for the Dodgers in Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday.

The Weavers join Livan and Orlando Hernandez as the only brother acts to claim wins in the same postseason. Livan did it for the Giants and Orlando for the Yankees in 2000.

"That's awesome," Jered Weaver said. "What's really great about it is that my parents were at both games. They were at Jeff's game in L.A., and they were both here tonight.

...Heading toward the dugout to a thunderous ovation after going 7 1/3 innings and yielding just two hits and one run, Jered lifted his cap to the crowd and waved his glove in the direction of his parents, seated behind home plate.

"This was a special occasion," Jered said, grinning. "I don't ordinarily do that. I just wanted them to know how happy I was for the whole family."


Congrats to brothers Weaver!
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