2007-02-09 / Front Page

Weaver honored tonight at halftime of Simi-Royal clash

Simi Valley High School will retire the baseball jersey of 2001 alumnus Jered Weaver during halftime of tonight's Royal-Simi boys' basketball game.

Weaver, a starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, joins his older brother, Jeff, a member of the 2006 World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals, as one of only five former baseball players to have their jerseys retired by the Pioneers.

In addition to the Weavers, Mike Scyphers, Scott Radinsky and Tim Laker have also been honored by the program.

"He joins three big-leaguers and a coach," Simi Valley athletic director Matt La Belle said. "That's pretty good company. It's going to be a fun night."

A 2004 first-round draft pick from Long Beach State, Jered Weaver made his Major League debut on May 27 of last season. What followed was a scintillating display of pitching dominance.

Weaver finished the year with an 112 record in 19 starts for Anaheim. He posted a 2.56 earned run average and struck out 105 batters in 123 innings.

After helping pitch St. Louis to a championship, Jeff Weaver signed with the Seattle Mariners during the offseason. He's expected to be in attendance at tonight's ceremony.

La Belle said game attendees will receive a Jered Weaver baseball card featuring the hurler in his Simi Valley gear as well as his Angel uniform.

A packed house is anticipated. Game time is set for 7:30.

"It's the Royal-Simi basketball game anyway," La Belle said. "I'd imagine it'll be overflowing."

- Stephen Dorman

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