The much-anticipated Weaver vs. Weaver matchup didn’t last too long as neither 26-year-old Jered nor 32-year-old Jeff made it through the sixth inning.
It was the first time in seven years that siblings started against each other in the majors—in 2002, Andy and Alan Benes were the pitchers. This was the 21st time overall that it had occurred in the big leagues.
“I called him a couple of times, and he big-leagued me, so I don’t know what quite happened there,” Jered said. “I don’t know if he was getting mentally prepared, or what. I tried calling him a couple of times and there was no answer, so what are you going to do?”
“You get locked in when you’re out there and don’t really think about anything else than facing the opponents’ lineup,” Jeff said.
So did he feel good about beating his little brother?
“I’m mentally and physically exhausted. It’s one of the most ill-felt victories ever, but you take wins whenever you can get them. I’m glad it’s all said and done,” he said.
“I would have rather pitched six, seven or eight innings than sit around and watch the rest of the game. You always wish the best for him, but we just caught him on the right day and we came up with some huge hits with two outs. He’s going to have plenty more starts.”
So would either be up for a rematch?
“No. Absolutely not. It was draining enough having to do it one time. It took five years to do it and it was a fun experience, but I’m glad it’s over with,” Jered said.
“He’s had the upper hand on me the past 26 years, so we’re going to laugh about it. It was fun to be a part of, and hopefully we never have to go through that again.”
The brothers’ parents, Gail and Dave Weaver, sat about 20 rows behind home plate decked out in half Angels/half Dodgers jerseys that appeared to be stitched together in the back—an idea Jeff’s wife came up with. Picking a number didn’t come up as an issue—both brothers wear 36.
They also left the game with other souvenirs: the brothers’ first pitches.
Gail and Dave were spotted on television throughout the game—especially when Jered and Jeff had trouble on the mound.
“It was very emotional,” Gail said. “It is not a comfortable feeling, you want them both to do well because they are doing the best that they can and we are just rooting for both of them,” she said.
Dave was caught with his head in his hands a few times when either sibling gave up a run.
“At least one good thing came out of it—they got some pretty sweet jerseys,” Jered said. “It was good to see them up there. I saw dad up there with his head down a couple of times, but that’s the way he always is.”
Jeff, who was bumped out of the majors by Jered in 2006, gave up two runs early and left after Chone Figgins(notes) hit a leadoff triple in the sixth. The rest of his outing was pretty much hiccup-free, and he had easy innings in the third, fourth and fifth.
“I’m glad we had the one that won,” Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. “The older one should have won.”
NOTES: Suspended Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez(notes) is set to start his minor league stint on Tuesday with Triple-A Albuquerque. He is eligible to be reinstated on July 3, when the Dodgers are in San Diego. … The Angels agreed to terms with their first pick in this year’s draft. OF Randal Grichuk visited with Angels’ manager Mike Scioscia and got to take a whirl around the clubhouse before the game. He will fly out Sunday and play in the Arizona rookie league. … Eric Milton(notes) will make a rehab start in San Bernardino on Sunday.