The 29-year-old pitched a no-hitter on May 2 against the Twins and has been one of the lone bright spots during the Angels' slow start.
DAN PATRICK:Did you buy your catcher a gift after the no-hitter?
JERED WEAVER: It's in the works. It's kind of a tradition.
DP:Give me a hint.
JW: It's more than likely going to be some kind of watch.
DP:Over-under $1,500 for the watch?
JW: Probably a little bit over.
DP:What would you spend if it had been a perfect game?
JW: I don't know. Hopefully one day I'll find out.
DP:When did you realize this game was different?
JW: Around the fourth inning I looked up and realized I still hadn't given up any hits. But you never think it's going to last. You never know what's going to happen in a baseball game ... a little broken-bat hit or something like that. But running out there in the ninth inning, having the fans chant your name ... once you get that first out, it hits you that this could be possible.
DP:Explain the superstition about not going to the bathroom during a no-hitter.
JW: It's about not changing anything between innings. But when nature calls, you have to answer. I had to go relieve myself.
DP:Did guys talk to you in the dugout?
JW: I'm one of those guys who likes to be relaxed and talk with the guys. As the game went on, I realized people were trying to stay away from me. But I tried to mess around with the guys as much as possible.
DP:Your family was in the stands. How often does that happen?
JW: Mom, Dad and wife never miss a home game. That's one of the main reasons I stayed here in Anaheim, to have my friends and family come out and watch. It's very comforting to know they're up there.
DP:Have you heard from other pitchers congratulating you?
JW: I had 116 text messages after the game. I've never had that many.
DP:Did you hear from any hitters?
JW: Definitely no hitters. It was mostly pitchers sending their regards.
DP:Are you and your teammates glad April is over?
JW: Everybody on the Angels is very happy that it's over. It's a new month. We didn't get off to the start we anticipated. We have so much talent in the locker room. It's only a matter of time until we get rolling.
DP:How worried is the team about Albert Pujols?
JW: He's got a pretty good track record. He's not one of the best players of all time for no reason. He works harder than anyone I've ever been around. He's in the cage hours and hours and hours before the game trying to work on his stuff. In time he'll get going.
DP:TMZ had photos of you and teammates celebrating after the no-hitter.
JW: You can't really hide too much these days. It was fun to hang out at a local dive bar. Some of my teammates came. It was nice to be there with the fans as well. Apparently some people were taking photos. What are you gonna do?
DP:The report claimed you and your teammate Dan Haren "partied [your] faces off."
JW: Our faces are still on. Let's put it that way.
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