ANAHEIM -- More than 15 hours had passed since Jered Weaver etched his name in the record books with Wednesday night's no-hitter, but the Angels' ace still hadn't come down from that high.
"I'm still a little bit pumped up," he said while addressing a scrum of reporters from the home dugout at Angel Stadium on Thursday afternoon. "I wish I could go back out there and pitch again tonight, but my arm wouldn't let me do that."
Weaver's arm let him do a lot the night before, when he walked just one batter, struck out nine, put just two runners on base and hardly allowed any hard-hit balls in tossing the Angels' 10th no-hitter in a 9-0 victory over the Twins.
The madness of Wednesday night -- the champagne showers, the TV appearances, the hugs, the tears -- didn't end until after 3 a.m., when Weaver was finally able to settle down enough to get some sleep. He woke up at about noon, answered the 116 text messages left on his phone -- one, surprisingly, from former perfect game hurler David Wells -- and returned to the ballpark shortly thereafter.
The 29-year-old was scheduled to appear on the "Late Show with David Letterman," but problems with the production crew suspended that.
"It would've been pretty fun to do," Weaver said, sounding a bit disappointed. "I'm a big fan of his. I watch him every night."
Weaver held onto the official baseball from his no-hitter -- the one Alexi Casilla hit to semi-deep right field and Torii Hunter caught for the final out of the game -- and the lineup card. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum got another baseball and Weaver's jersey, among other collectibles. And Weaver's father, Dave, who was nervously watching from the stands, got another ball and several pictures taken with his son.
"I couldn't believe it," Weaver said of the no-no. "I never would've thought in a million years that I'd first and foremost be in the big leagues pitching, but throw a no-hitter in the big leagues. It was very surreal. It's amazing how it's come full circle. To do that in front of your home fans and stuff, it was unbelievable."