Fans of the Los Angeles (Not Really) Angels have been watching the saga of Long Beach State pitching star Jered Weaver, who has threatened for a year to reject the team's millions and go back into next month's baseball draft. Just before Monday night's deadline, Weaver dropped his bluff and agreed to sign pretty much on the Angels' terms. He gets a bonus worth four million bucks, and if he turns out to be good enough, he should get to pitch in front of his hometown crowd (well, Anaheim) within a few years. The Times story describes his agent, Scott Boras, frantically finalizing the deal while sitting in the expensive seats at Dodger Stadium, after watching the team that actually is from Los Angeles lose again.
Baseball story of the day: It's from Minneapolis, not L.A., but it is about a blogger. Novelist Anne Ursu (with help from her husband, brother and sister-in-law) writes a blog about the Minnesota Twins called Batgirl. It has made her a celebrity in town, especially with the team's manager and players, as a local magazine writer found when he took her to the stadium: "As we made our way through the bowels of the Metrodome to the field for batting practice, Ursu was greeted like a celebrity singer of the national anthem by virtually everybody I paused to introduce her to..." (Via Dodger Thoughts)