So Mike Trout signed the biggest contract in baseball history which made pretty much everyone in Angel Nation smile from ear-to-ear knowing that the Angels will finally have an elite home-grown player that will be a part of the team for potentially his whole career.
Mike Trout signing an extension was big news in Anaheim and across baseball. It immediately seemed to raise the expectations for the 2019 season. Unfortunately injuries to key players Shohei Ohtani, Justin Upton, and Andrew Heaney tempered that optimism. The rest of that hope seemed to go out the window when the Angels started off the season 1-6 averaging only 2.4 runs a game.
Enter Mike Trout: On Friday night, a night when he was honored before the game with his sixth Silver Slugger Award in seven seasons, Trout stepped to the plate in the bottom of the 6th with the score tied at 1. Trout hit an opposite-field home run to send the crowd of 41,089 into a frenzy and gave the Angels the lead back 2-1.
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Two innings later Trout stepped to the plate again and unloaded off of former teammate Jesse Chavez to almost the identical location in the right-center field seats to give the Angels an insurance run for a 3-1 lead. The crowd serenaded Trout with chants of “MVP” and the electricity in the park could have lit up all of Anaheim including Disneyland.
The Angels hung on to win the game 3-1 and break a 5-game losing streak. So what does Trout do for an encore. Well on Saturday Trout came up in a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth inning and the bases loaded with Angels.
Trout on a 1-1 pitch from Drew Smyly unloaded a massive home run to left-field over both bullpens for a grand slam and a 4-0 Angels lead. The home run travelled 458 feet and was the fourth home run for Trout in the last three games.
Albert Pujols later added a solo home run to ice a 5-1 victory over the Rangers and the Angels have a little momentum. Trout has a good chance of winning the AL Player of the Week Award as he is hitting .385 with four homers and 10 RBIs with a 1.476 OPS. My friend Ruben, who is a big Dodger fan but appreciates the talent of Mike Trout, texted me both Friday and Saturday saying “Mik Trout doing Mike Trout things.”
This about sums it up and is one of the biggest reasons why the Angels rewarded Trout with the biggest contract in baseball history. So far Trout is definitely earning his money and making Angel fans smile.