When the inning ended, Weaver walked slowly toward the dugout, apparently gaining a head of steam. He descended the steps and flew into a rage, screaming indiscriminately as he walked the length of the dugout and teammates walked past him.
The Angels had lost four straight to the
"It wasn't directed toward the guys in the outfield at all — it was just more of trying to get the guys fired up and trying to get guys motivated," Weaver said. "We've been slumping a little bit, and we're a better team than we've shown. We're in the mix for a playoff spot, and we need to start playing good baseball."
Weaver didn't know at the time that Trout lost track of the ball after quickly glancing at Calhoun.
"I had a bead on it, Kole had a bead on it, and we have a system where I go in front and he goes in back so we don't collide," Trout said. "I thought I had it the whole time. Then I looked at Kole, and when I looked back up, I didn't see where the ball was. It was kind of in the lights."
"I think once Weav realized Mike lost the ball in lights, he apologized," Scioscia said. "It's all straightened out."
"I loved when Weav got frustrated, because he's trying to give everyone energy," Street said. "I don't think anyone thought he was screaming at Kole and Mike. He was screaming at the game itself. That's what you do as a leader. You bring energy, and guys respond."
But can such an outburst divide more than motivate?
"It only divides a team if guys are sensitive, and if guys don't realize that someone is trying to make them better," Street said. "There's a big difference between calling someone out and holding people accountable."
The Angels didn't shrink after Weaver's tirade. They scored twice in the fourth and fifth innings — two of the runs coming on Alfredo Simon wild pitches and one on an
Trout made a diving catch of James McCann's drive to left-center to save a run in the fourth, Pujols made a backhand diving stop of McCann's seventh-inning grounder and threw to first with two on to end the seventh, and
"Those guys in the outfield have taken away more runs than they've given up for me," Weaver said. "I never want to show my teammates up. I was just trying to fire guys up, and we were able to take the game tonight."