Having lost 21 of their last 30 games and coming off their worst defensive series in franchise history, it was time for the Angels to get angry.
Tuesday in Detroit, Jered Weaver got angry.
The Angels’ veteran starter let loose a profanity-laced tirade in the dugout after the team gave up four runs in the bottom of the third, nullifying their 4-0 lead.
It appeared from the video that the outburst may have been directed toward reigning MVP Mike Trout. Near the top of the inning, Trout and right fielder Kole Calhoun let a catchable fly ball fall in between them for a double. Trout later said he lost it in the lights.
After the game, that his rant was not directed toward Trout nor Calhoun.
“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 talked to both outfielders later in the game to clarify that he was not trying to attack them but rather trying to energize the team.
Trout said he did not take offense from Weaver’s actions: “We talk about it. Emotions were high in that inning… He was just trying to fire us up.”
“I loved when Weav got frustrated, because he’s trying to give everyone energy,” Street said Tuesday. “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.”
And the guys responded. The Halos scored four runs over the next two innings en route to an 8-7 victory, their first since August 19.
Trout also made up for his third-inning faux pas with a run-saving diving catch in the fourth.