Found May 03, 2012 on Monkey with a Halo:

Jered WeaverCall it cliche if you want.  You could even call it trite or hackneyed if you really wanted to be petty about it.  But, yes, Jered Weaver might very well have saved the Angels' season with his no-hitter last night.

I'm was almost hesitant to write that myself because it seems like such an over-reaching statement, but the more I think about it, the more I just can't deny it the truth behind it.  OK, "truth" might be over-reaching too, but I'm on a roll here.

Before last night, it seemed like almost nothing was going right for the Halos.  They couldn't hit.  Their bullpen couldn't hold a lead.  Their starting pitchers' best work was going to waste.  But in one fell swoop, that all changed... except for the bullpen part.  The bullpen still stinks out loud, but I digress.

To paraphrase C.J. Wilson's Twitter feed, the Angels needed to do something so that they could embrace a "positive mental attitude."  That is easier said than done when disaster lurked at everyone turn like it did for them in April.  But what Weaver's no-hitter gave them is an undeniable moment of unbridled joy to rally around.  And that isn't just because of Weaver's individual effort.  That no-hitter came about largely because of Jered, but also because of a few terrific defensive plays, especially Torii Hunter tracking down that final out, not to mention that Weaver had plenty of breathing room for the first time all season thanks to the Angel lineup coming alive for a season-best nine runs.  Everyone contributed to this one and everyone went home last night feeling good about themselves.

Even if it only lasts one day, the Angels are going to open the morning papers/websites and see nothing negative.  No stories about how far behind Texas they are.  No stories about their floundering lineup.  No stories about their playing time choices.  No stories about Albert Pujols still not having any home runs... alright, there might still be a few of those, but for the most part, the coverage will be nothing but positive.

That, my friends, is the best thing to happen to the Angels all season long... at least until Albert Pujols finally hits a home run.



Jered Weaver no-hits Twins

Weaver's no-no helps Angels forget bad start

ANAHEIM, Calif. On one grand and glorious evening, the Angels washed away the misery that was April. Rather, Jered Weaver washed it away. He did it with a no-hit pitching performance Wednesday night that was commanding and inspiring, and perhaps it will be the turning point in what has been a mostly moribund season at Angel Stadium. After he threw the last pitch of the game...

Weaver prolongs Twins' epic offensive drought

For the fifth time in team history, the Minnesota Twins finished a game without a hit. There was simply nothing the Twins could do Wednesday against Angels starter Jered Weaver, who tossed the first no-hitter of his career and the ninth in team history. Weaver got ahead in counts, changed speeds and simply made the Twins' batters look uncomfortable. In the end, it was a 9...

Jered Weaver twirls no-hitter vs. Minnesota Twins

Jered Weaver tossed the tenth no-hitter in Angels' history on Wednesday night, holding the Minnesota Twins to just two baserunners all night on a strikeout-passed ball and a walk. He struck out nine and even laughed in the face of superstition by relieving himself taking a piss right before taking the mound for the ninth inning. The Minnesota Twins are a horrible, horrible...

My Buddy MJ Lloyd Called the Jered Weaver No-Hitter

Last night Jered Weaver threw a no-hitter, blanking the Minnesota Twins 9-0. He walked one and struck out nine. The most amazing part of it as I watched it unfold was that one of my best buddies and resident Angels fan MJ Lloyd (of Halo Hangout and Off-Base Percentage) called it earlier in the day. Above are the text messages to prove it. Read more about it at the OC Register Angels...

Weaver pitches no-hitter, Angels beat Twins 9-0

For The Associated Press The Los Angeles Angels' commitment to Jered Weaver is paying off. Signed to a five-year, $85 million contract extension last August, the 29-year-old left-hander pitched his first no-hitter Wednesday night, dominating lowly Minnesota in a 9-0 cakewalk. All the Twins could muster against the two-time All-Star was one walk - and one other baserunner when...

Are No-Hitters On the Rise? No. Just the % of CGs.

Last night, Jered Weaver threw the 274th no-hitter in baseball history — or so the stories say. There have been two no-hitters so far this year, and ten so far in this young decade. Half of them came in 2010, the year whose no-hit frequency led some to dub it “The Year of the Pitcher.” And, indeed, the five regular-season no-hitters thrown in 2010 (along with a sixth, by Roy...

Jered Weaver throws no-hitter against Twins

Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels has thrown a no-hitter against the Minnesota Twins. His final was 9 innings, 121 pitches 9 strikeouts and one walk to Josh Willingham in the 7th (Chris Parmalee reached on an error). What makes the no-hitter even sweeter for Weaver is that he was able to do it at home. Last season, Weaver signed a five-year $85mm extension that many around the...

Weaver savors moments following no-no

ANAHEIM, Calif. Jered Weaver didnt stop celebrating until 3:30 in the morning. But several hours later, as he sat in the dugout reliving Wednesday nights no-hitter, he still wasnt ready for a good nights sleep. Im still a little bit pumped up, he said. I wish I could go back out there again tonight, but my arm wouldnt let me. Weaver and arm deserve a few nights off. His 121-pitch...

Thoughts from the Air

A view from the cockpit.It's Saturday morning, and I'm flying from New York to Chicago, with aspirations to see the Dodgers at Wrigley this afternoon.Thinking back on recent days around baseball, developments have been a mix of good and bad.Wednesday night was delightful, as Jered Weaver threw a no-hitter at home and in front of his family. Cameras caught him sharing emotional...

Meanwhile in Anaheim, Vernon Wells batted in the two-hole

The eyes of the baseball world were on Anaheim tonight watching Jered Weaver throw a no-hitter against the Minnesota Twins. It was an incredible performance and truly amazing to watch. But it wasn't the only rarity for the Angels in the game. No, something almost as incredible to behold was going on right underneath everyone's noses, but it didn't get nearly the same...
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