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July 14, 2013

Weaver talks ballparks, nerves and Scioscia

Angels ace Jered Weaver dominated the Red Sox last Sunday, pitching 6.2 scoreless innings to earn the win and lower his ERA to 3.38.

The 30-year-old Weaver posted an American League-best 20 wins and 1.018 WHIP in 30 starts last year when he finished third for the Cy Young.

Weaver, who has finished in the top five for the AL Cy Young the past three seasons, went one-on-one with Eagle-Tribune baseball reporter Christopher “Smitty” Smith.

Smitty: Did you get more nervous the first time you pitched at Fenway Park or Yankee Stadium?

Weaver: I always get nervous no matter what game I am pitching in. It doesn’t matter if it’s at home or on the road. But I like coming to old baseball parks. It’s kind of a thing of mine. Going into old Yankee Stadium was awesome. I don’t think the feel of the new one is quite the same.

I’ve always liked going into old parks — Wrigley. I like coming here. At the same time, it’s kind of a tough atmosphere to pitch in as well. I kind of like the challenge.

Smitty: Does the mystique of the parks outweigh the small clubhouses at Fenway and Wrigley?

Weaver: It’s kind of a pain in that regard but you can kind of look past that and just realize what kind of guys walked through this locker room back in the day. The history of it washes out the size of the clubhouse, I think.

Smitty: What was the first major league game you ever attended?

Weaver: Dodger Stadium. I was really young so I don’t remember who they were playing. I went with my family. And I went there a bunch of times with my Little League teams. That was my home team growing up — the team we always rooted for.

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