I Called Jered Weaver’s No-Hitter

By MJ Lloyd

Kinda. Sorta. I have proof. We’ll get to that in a minute.

Jered Weaver capped an amazing night of baseball on Wednesday by throwing a no-hitter against the Twins. Weaver dazzled at home in front of his parents, wife and 27,000 of his Orange County neighbors. Chris Parmelee struck out in the first inning but reached on a passed ball. Josh Willingham walked in the seventh inning. That was it. Weaver was perfect, otherwise, and struck out nine. Weaver’s 95 game score is only behind Philip Humber‘s perfect game and Matt Cain‘s one-hit, 11 strikeout gem, both earned a 96.

It was against the Twins, a team that struggles to hit balls hard off a tee, but it was a masterful performance nonetheless. A perfect storm and I called it. This text is from the phone of my good friend Clint Evans who documented my called shot at Diamond Hoggers

Why yes, it was terrifying going all the way out on that limb but it had to be done. The Triple-A team formally known as the Twins are dreadful at the plate. Weaver, the 2011 Cy Young runner-up, has been lights out in 2012. His 1.8 fWAR (Fangraphs wins above replacement) is the best in baseball. So it wasn’t really rocket science for me to mash the two together and come out with a no-hitter.

The secret to Weaver recording those final three outs on his way to history? Simple, being urine free. He announced that to the crowd in his post-game interview and then again to MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez’s

"“I had to relieve myself,” Weaver said of breaking a routine that usually has him stationed next to the water cooler in between innings. “So I decided to go to the bathroom and do that. I’m glad it worked out for me.”"

Peeing is believing. That’s what my grandpa always says.