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'Dream Weaver' Pitching Matchup in Anaheim Saturday
Brothers in Arms Jered and Jeff Weaver. Photo by Jon SooHoo/Dodgers.
Saturday, Jeff Weaver of the Los Angeles Dodgers is scheduled to start against his younger brother, Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in interleague play at Anaheim. "It's a chance to share the same mound on the same day and not many can say that," said Weaver. "It's a moment we won't forget. It's pretty special regardless of the outcome," Jeff told MLB.com. Weaver said his parents had planned to attend the wedding of a relative in Temecula, but those plans have changed. Their mother, Gail said, "Jered will pull for Jeff, and Jeff will pull for Jered. That's the way it's always been. One game won't change that."
This is the first time the Weaver brothers will pitch against each other in the big leagues, and only the 21st time brothers have opposed each other as starters in a major-league game. The Weavers came close two years ago when Jeff was with Seattle, but Jered was bumped by the return of Ervin Santana. The Angels' Ervin Santana -- whose birth name is actually "Johan" -- has started against Johan Santana of the New York Mets, but those Santanas are not related. Nor are Gary Wright and David Wright.
Gary Wright sang the 1976 hit "Dream Weaver," not only on the platinum album but at Jeff Weaver's wedding. The two are friends, and Jeff left tickets for the 70s singer on his pass list, reported MLB.com, after being called up to the Majors by the Dodgers on April 30 for the first time since 2007.
Other pitching brothers who have faced each other in the majors are knuckleballers Phil and Joe Niekro. Joe's only career home run came off his brother, Phil. The Niekros hold the most records for combined pitching wins by brothers in the major leagues at 539.
The Weaver brothers currently have a combined 131 wins.
Photo by Jon SooHoo courtesy of the Dodgers