A bust with the Yankees, Weaver, a California native, is eager to get his career back on track with Los Angeles, a team he grew up watching.
“I look forward, I don’t look back,” the right-hander said Tuesday. “The experiences I had in New York were both good and bad.
“This is a dream come true for me—I’ve been a Dodgers fan my whole life.”
The Dodgers acquired Weaver, two minor league pitchers and cash from New York for right-hander Kevin Brown in December. That marked the end of 1 1/2 tumultuous seasons for Weaver, where he didn’t come close to reaching expectations.
The Yankees acquired Weaver from Detroit in 2002 after he had gone 6-8 with a 3.18 ERA for the struggling Tigers in 17 starts. He was 5-3 with a 4.04 ERA with New York the remainder of that season in 15 games (eight starts), but went 7-9 with a 5.99 ERA last season in 32 appearances (24 starts).
He also surrendered the game-winning homer to Florida’s Alex Gonzalez in Game 4 of last year’s World Series, a blow that permanently turned the momentum in the Marlins’ favor.
“I just wish it would have worked out a lot better,” Weaver said. “It’s the best place in the world there when you’re winning with a lot of great players.
“It didn’t work out. It’s easy to move on. Hopefully I’ll be here a while, won’t get bounced around.”
The teams split the first two games of the series, as San Diego won the season opener 8-2. Los Angeles rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Padres 5-4 on Tuesday night.
Adrian Beltre hit the tying two-run homer in the seventh inning, and pinch-hitter Robin Ventura singled home the winning run in the ninth for the Dodgers, who avoided dropping the first two games of the season for the second straight year.
The Padres seemed to have caught the Dodgers’ inability to drive in runs on Tuesday, leaving 14 men on base. Los Angeles stranded 15 runners Monday.
San Diego will open up Petco Park on Thursday when they begin a series with the San Francisco Giants.