Jered Weaver: The Ultimate Angel

Updated: February 18, 2017

Ever since 2006, there has been two constants in the Halo dugout. One of them is Mike Scioscia, the lovable yet hateable manager of our beloved Angels. The other: Jered Weaver. One of the constant factors in the Angel lineup is now gone. Weaver has signed with the San Diego Padres, but he will always hold a special place in all Angel fans hearts.

Weaver was a star ever since he first stepped on the mound in that Halo uniform. He came in fifth in Rookie of the Year voting that year despite having a higher WAR than three of the four candidates who finished ahead of him.

The man who won that year was the man who has cast a shadow over him ever since in Justin Verlander.  Weaver made 11 less starts, yet compiled 0.3 more WAR than Verlander. This was Weaver’s first run in with Verlander, but it wouldn’t be his last.

Weaver was one of the best pitchers in the game in his prime. Every time he was on the mound, Angel fans knew he was going to twirl a gem. His violent yet silky smooth motion made him so unique and so entertaining. From 2010 to 2014, Weaver held a 2.99 ERA, collected 859 strikeouts, and held a WHIP of 1.087. He threw his first and only no-hitter in 2012 and made three straight All-Star games from 2010 to 2012.

He also finished in the top five of Cy Young voting all three of those years. He came in second in 2011, finishing behind none other than Justin Verlander. If it wasn’t for Verlander’s incredible season, that award would have been Jered’s. Every Weaver game was a must watch and he did not disappoint.

Not only did Weaver amaze on the field, but he also touched our hearts. While he was stoic and a fiery competitor on the mound, he was in reality a soft-hearted individual. In 2009, Weaver took the late Nick Adenhart under his wing during Spring Training and helped him correct his 2008 struggles. I can vividly remember the images and video of Weaver marching out to the memorial banner set up for Adenhart in center field and sobbing after the incident.

I took a page out of Weaver’s book when I played Little League and drew Adenhart’s initials and number into the dirt before every game, just like Jered did before every start. When Weaver’s first son was born, he named him Aden in honor of his fallen friend. No player had a bigger impact on the team and community from that point on. He showed us that he was not only a ballplayer, but also human. He had a hole in his heart, just like everyone who watched Adenhart and knew he was going to be great did.

We have seen Weaver at his highs and his lows. Never has baseball seen such a steep decline from a player, yet he is still clinging to a career with a low-80s fastball. I would have loved to see Weaver back in Anaheim, but the front office did not have the same vision as I did. All of us here at Halo Headquarters wish him luck in San Diego. Not only will Weaver be remembered as a Halo great, but he will also be remembered as a player that defines the Angels franchise and what it stands for.

From Angel fans everywhere, thank you Jered Weaver.

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