The manager of the Los Angeles Angels Mike Scioscia chose to go against the grain this spring season. Everything started earlier because of the World Baseball Classic and most pitchers went with that and started their work early as well. None of the Angels pitchers were taking part in the WBC so Scioscia decided to hold his pitchers back and not let them pitch in competitive games until March. Jared Weaver didn’t seem to mind. He got the same old nerves and excitement before these games as he always has.
As a fan it’s hard to think of the spring games bringing nerves to the guys on the mound. They just go through the motions and only throw a few pitches so why would they be nervous? The fact of the matter is that the good ones simply love what they do. That excitement in loving competition and getting on the mound must be one of the factors that keep a steady pitcher like Weaver producing good seasons year after year.
For all the turnover in Angels world this off-season the fans and the team can count on one thing to be sure. Every fifth day Weaver is going to step on the rubber and give you all that he has. He might win and might not but he will give you his best effort each and every time out. That little feeling of nervousness that he feels will stay with him probably until his time of pitching every fifth day is over. I’m sure he would have it no other way.