JEFF WEAVER: Actually it's kind of
refreshing right now. It's not too bad. It's not
overly cold. You've just got to work up a little
sweat indoors before you get out there so you
know you're nice and warm before you get out
there and throw.
You know, overall, once you get out there
with the intensity and the adrenaline that's flowing,
you don't really even pay much attention to the
Do you have much experience
pitching on three days' rest, and if you do, do
you remember how you did?
JEFF WEAVER: That's a good question. I
can't recall too many times I've thrown on three
days' rest. Maybe down the stretch a couple years
ago with L.A., might have had to do it once or
But I can't recall it bothering me at any
time. I've been pretty fortunate to have a resilient
arm and pretty loose. So like I said, I don't feel like
there would be any hindrance on three days'.
You came up with the Detroit
organization, wanted to get your thoughts
about them winning the pennant.
JEFF WEAVER: There's only a couple of
guys left from when I was there. They did a pretty
I'm really excited for a couple of guys such
as Inge and Maroth, in the clubhouse guys like
(Jim) Schmakel and Tyson (Steele) are good guys,
those were the guys that were there in the
toughest times, and Maroth with 20 losses a
couple years ago. I'm just happy that they get to
enjoy the complete turnaround and I can only
imagine how happy they are now and how high
they are flying right now. It's a special experience,
especially when you know how tough it is. And I've
been in the struggles and the 100-loss season, so
you know, it's great to see, and I'm happy for the
couple of guys that are still there that have been
through the tough times.
When you look at how you've
pitched here versus on the road, what do you
think about that split, do you think it's been
more at home because of the first few games
when you first got here when it was really hot
out versus some other factors or has it just
JEFF WEAVER: No, I just think it was I
had a couple starts at home when I first came over
and I was still struggling a bit. I had not found my
niche and still was battling mechanics or mind
thought or whatever else.
But you know, I had a couple good starts
here at the end at home, and you know, it's just
one of those things where I think that for whatever
reason, just matched up better on the road or
whatever it may be. You know, baseball is kind of
strange like that.
But you know, I felt comfortable the last
couple of starts here, and I don't think the weather
or anything had to do with it. I think it was just
more individual what I was going through.
Is there any one thing that you can
point to that's a key to your turnaround this
JEFF WEAVER: Well, I think there's a
couple things. Obviously just coming over here
and having a fresh start. Getting the opportunity to
put those struggles behind me and start fresh and
getting back to the National League, where I knew
I had success prior years.
With La Russa and Duncan, from day one,
we sat down and they just really made me feel
comfortable as far as not wanting me to do too
much to change anything. They were happy with
the way I go out there and compete and they like
the way that I had thrown against them when I
played against the Cardinals.
You know, when you hear those things
from the manager and the guy you're working with,
Duncan, pitching coach, it just makes it easier to
make that transition to a new team and just to find
yourself and believe in yourself and, you know, you
always have those question marks coming over to
a new team when you don't start out quick and do
well, wondering what your team is thinking about
you and things like that.
But once I started putting together a
couple good starts and gaining a little momentum
and kind of getting that trust with your teammates,
it just kind of gradually evolves into, you know,
finally getting back to being the type of pitcher you
are with the right mindset and the approach and all
those things kind of come together. It's an
organization that is built to win, and when you
become a part of something like that, you don't
want to be the loose piece. You do whatever you
can to get back to the person that you know you
can be to help the team win.
Bronson Arroyo talked about this
during the All-Star Game festivities: He said
coming over from the American League to the
National League, the American League is just a
much tougher league to pitch in at this point.
Do you agree with that?
JEFF WEAVER: Well, I mean, obviously
there's differences between the leagues. I mean,
American League is a lot more aggressive from top
to bottom. Guys can hurt you. National League is
a little bit more speed, contact guys, a couple
power guys in the middle to even it out. But there's
just a little bit more strategy and approach. I think
it's more of a situational league where, you know,
one pitch, one bat, one pinch-hit, one relief pitcher
can make the difference in the game.
The American League, it's just, you know,
you're out there until you get your pitch count and if
you can keep the guys to a minimal amount of
runs, then you've got a chance to win.
It's just a little bit different. I think there's
more power pitchers in the American League, and
more finesse and sinkerballers and things like that
in the National League.
But, I mean, there's no doubt the American
League is a more offensive-structured league for
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