Mike Trout is making sure frontline workers fighting against the coronavirus are well-fed in his home state.
Los Angeles Angels superstar, Mike Trout, donated pizza, soda, and cookies to the Inspira Medical Center in Mullica Hill, New Jersey on Thursday.
The famous baseball player, who is nicknamed “the Millville Meteor” after his hometown located not too far away from the medical center, put smiles on the faces of hospital workers charged with fighting COVID-19 on the frontlines.
Inside a box of cookies, he included a piece of paper that read, “Doctors and Nurses are the real MVPs.”
A group of hospital workers wearing face masks and scrubs held up a hand-written note thanking the Angels centerfielder for his donation.
Inspira Medical Center is a state-of-the-art facility located in South Jersey, an area that has been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus. As of Wednesday afternoon, the state of New Jersey has 75,317 reported cases of the virus, resulting in 3,518 deaths. Cumberland County, where Trout grew up, has 223 cases, according to the New York Times.
Trout developed into a baseball legend on the sandlot fields of South Jersey. It was clear from an early age that he would become a special player. During his senior year at Millville Senior High School, where he played both baseball and basketball, he set the New Jersey high school record with 18 home runs.
The Angels used the compensation pick they received from the Yankees for their signing of Mark Teixeira to select Trout with the 25th overall pick in the 2009 amateur draft. The New Jersey native quickly found his way to the majors in 2011 before winning Rookie of the Year in his first full season in 2012. He hasn’t looked back since, seemingly getting better with each passing year.
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Despite his rise to fame, he has maintained a down-to-earth personality, as demonstrated with his charitable gift to the New Jersey hospital workers.