Jered Weaver signed a contract extension with the Los Angeles Angels last season for just these kinds of moments.
A Southern California native, Weaver threw his first career no-hitter Wednesday night in front of friends and family -- literally. His parents and his wife of just about six months were all in the stands, as they usually are for Weaver's home starts. They joined him on the field to celebrate after the last out was recorded.
"It still hasn't totally sunk in yet," Weaver said after the 9-0 win over the Minnesota Twins. "It's so surreal. It was awesome to have my parents here, my wife and knowing my brother was watching (on television) and had so many friends watching.
"It's an awesome moment."
Weaver was dominant, allowing just two baserunners. Chris Parmelee reached on a passed-ball third strike in the second inning. Fifteen batters later, Josh Willingham drew a two-out walk in the seventh inning.
"I don't think he had anything more than normal," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He changed speeds really well, just worked great with (catcher) Chris Iannetta. He was just relentless about making pitches."
Weaver struck out nine, and the closest the Twins came to a hit was either Jamey Carroll's bunt in the third inning (Mark Trumbo charged in from third and made the play) or a long fly ball by Trevor Plouffe in the eighth inning that curled foul down the left field line.
"I don't think so," Weaver said when asked if he felt like he was particularly sharp Wednesday. "They just hit the ball at people. A lot of things have to go right to throw a no-hitter. I have to give it up to my defense and my offense for making it easier on me, and Chris was throwing down the right fingers. We were really on the same page all game.
"It's awesome, an unbelievable experience."