Jered Weaver threw the 10th no-hitter in Los Angeles Angels history Wednesday, earning an impressive 9-0 win over the Minnesota Twins in the process. Game reports suggest Minnesota didn't even "get close" to hitting the All-Star righty.
Detroit Tigers fans probably appreciate how the Angels beat the Twins, since they're one of the Tigers' most-bitter American League Central rivals -- but they probably aren't too happy Weaver made history.
In the summer of 2011, Weaver crossed Tigers Magglio Ordonez, Carlos Guillen and Miguel Cabrera. During a 3-2 loss to Detroit in July, Weaver exchanged words of the not-so kind variety with the hometowners. He didn't like how Guillen took his time to watch a home run go over the fence, nor did he appreciate how Guillen flipped his bat after the hit.
Guillen defended his actions, expressing a less-than fond feeling toward Weaver, who reportedly yelled at Ordonez after a home run. It was the stuff of soap operas; the stuff baseball drama fans absolutely love. Entertaining, you bet. A bit over the top? Maybe.
But Guillen had little to no problem with his antics.
"I was upset because he was yelling at Magglio when Magglio hit the home run," Guillen said. "But nobody in the ballpark knows if it's going fair or foul, so he has to stand maybe at home plate. (Weaver) was yelling, 'Run, run, you have to run the (expletive) bases.'
"Magglio has 13, 14 years in the big leagues. You don't have to yell at him."
Tigers fans booed Weaver, called him out on message boards and picked a new player to hate (him) -- all within hours of the incident. It's understandable, considering Detroit fans are among the most passionate of any fanbase. Don't mess with the Tigers, especially at Comerica Park, they said -- in other words, of course.
Weaver, however, didn't have a problem with what he did earlier that game.
"After what Guillen did, I think that just kind of crossed the line a little bit," Weaver said. "I'm not just going to go out there and take that. I'm a competitor and, like I said, I'm not going out there trying to show anybody up. Never have.
"If that's the way they want to play the game, then that's what it is. But I just didn't appreciate it too much."
Most baseball fans were probably overjoyed to see Weaver make the record books. No-hitters aren't all that common, and he deserves to be recognized. The no-no was special, he said.
"'I'm at a loss for words right now. It hasn't kicked in yet,'' Weaver said. ''Thank you for all your support. Couldn't have done it without the defense. The guys were picking me up left and right."
Yeah, the baseball purists among Tigers fans might click on a few stories about Weaver's accomplishment. They might even leave a nice comment on a messageboard, too.
Well, actually, that probably won't happen. Tigers fans would give him a Detroit-style congratulations and remind Weaver that Justin Verlander has two no-hitters, a Cy Young and AL MVP award... oh, and a World Series appearance to go along with two ALCS appearances.
Adam Biggers has followed Major League Baseball for over 20 years, specifically the Detroit Tigers. He can be found on Twitter @AdamBiggers81.
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