Although Pujols, who is nursing right-knee and left-foot injuries, did not play in the event, Trout played 18 holes and led his foursome to victory.
Not once did Trout, an
"The day after I last golfed in Albert's tournament," Trout said, referring to a May 20 event at Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, "I hit for the cycle."
That baseball feat came in
"I don't know if golfing helped," Trout said, "but maybe it helped me hit that home run in my last at-bat."
A bigger concern for Manager
Scioscia's fears were not realized. Trout said he was not asked to participate, and Tuesday slugger Yoenis Cespedes of the
Trout spoke to Scioscia on Sunday, and the manager made it clear, in so many words, that he preferred Trout turn down any derby invitation.
"He said it would be my call, but he didn't want me to do it because nothing good comes out of it," Trout said. "Maybe it's something I can do later down the road."
Trying to avoid the brick wall
Trout received some sound advice before playing his first game in Chicago's
"Don't run into the wall full speed," he said.
The walls of the 99-year-old park, known as the "Friendly Confines," are anything but friendly. Behind the lush, green layer of ivy is solid brick.
Swirling winds can also wreak havoc on fly balls and popups and turn routine fly balls into home runs, but Trout wasn't deterred.
"It's going to be fun out there," he said. "I like going to the old stadiums.