Los Angeles megastar outfielder Mike Trout is a fairly humble guy. He doesn’t demand the spotlight and he avoids locker room drama in favor of playing the game of baseball the right way. A novel idea, I know.
While he isn’t exactly Major League Baseball’s poster child, he is the reason fans continue to pack into Angel Stadium for each home game, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, of course.
Trout can run, catch, throw, and hit with ease, four skills that are hard to come by in a complete package. Seeing as not much is known about Trout, here are five interesting facts about the stud center fielder.
Mikey and his older brother, Tyler, would often attend the Cumberland County Fair when they were just lads. Like all fairs, this one was filled with carnival games, including one classic game in which participants would throw a baseball at a pyramid of bottles to knock them down.
As one would assume, Mike played the game so often and was so good at disrupting the stack of bottles, fair officials banned him from ever playing again. Each time he hurled the baseball, the bottles came crashing down. There were no more prizes to give away.
It’s not uncommon for professional athletes to ask their fellow superstars for an autograph. You’d be surprised at how many athletes look up to and admire their baseball constituents.
One of Mike Trout’s biggest heroes was New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. Trout idolized the Hall of Famer. In fact, in the middle of a game against the Bronx Bombers in 2011, Trout asked Jeter for his autograph.
He recalled the entire experience on The Dan Patrick Show. He was on second base and simply asked if Jeter would sign a baseball for him at the end of the game. Jeter obliged and the then-rookie was as merry as a school boy.
After signing a 12-year, $430 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels ahead of the 2019 season, Trout immediately purchased a $9 million mansion in a gated community located in Newport Beach.
The 9,000-square-foot pad features an elevator, three floors, a built-in dog bath in the backyard, a beautiful dining room with views of the Pacific Ocean, and four guest suites. A well-deserved upgrade!
When Trout isn’t fielding fly balls or swinging the bat, he’s either out on the boat or hitting the links. As an avid fan of fishing and golf, Trout is equally good at both.
You can find Trout on the golf course nearly daily during the off-season. During a 2013 interview with Fox Sports West, he said if he wasn’t a professional baseball player, he would join the PGA Tour.
That same year, Trout and his buddies caught a 500-pound grouper in Key West. If neither baseball nor golf works out (which is highly unlikely), there’s always a career in fishing.
Trout and his girlfriend, Jessica, had been dating since high school. Knowing he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her, Trout decided to do something special.
In 2016, he hired a skywriter to write, “Will you marry me, Jess?” in the sky. Of course, she said yes. Trout immediately posted the good news on Instagram, so his fans could celebrate with them.