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 amount of publicity. Yes, I'm referring to the curious decision of Angels manager Mike Scioscia to bat Vernon Wells second in the lineup. Yes, that Vernon Wells.
Considering the kind of player Vernon Wells has been since he was traded to the Angel, this seems impossibly stupid. See Wells' .248 OBP last season and .247 OBP this season entering the game. When lineups were announced before the game, it almost seemed like a hoax, which is probably why Angels communication manager Eric Kay felt the need to tweet out a picture of the lineup card as proof:
I'd like to believe that just off camera, someone was holding a...