Even on a bad day, it is usually good to be
And, in the middle of the game, Trout was named an
"It's definitely an honor, for sure," Trout said.
And then, in the sixth inning, the party was put on hold.
In what was then a 10-run game, Trout crashed hard into the center field wall. He missed preventing a run-scoring double by about six inches. After falling onto his side and rolling over, he took a moment to pop up and retrieve the ball.
Members of the training staff hurried out, ignoring his dismissive waves. As he waited for them, he watched his near miss on the video board. When the replay was over, he cracked a smile. He wouldn't let that ruin his day.
He was fine, he said.
"Just one of those ones that I should've caught," he said.
It was just about the only ball that didn't fall the Angels' way over the weekend. Trout was their only representative among the
Manager Mike Scioscia has long been searching for production from anyone besides Trout and first baseman
For a series, the NTP team looked like an All-Star team.
Kole Calhoun was six for 14 with two home runs and 10 runs batted in.
It was the Angels' highest-scoring series all season, including series that went four games. They had 47 hits. They've now won seven of eight games.
Suddenly, a team floating by on its starting pitching has found a spark in the lineup.
"Our offense blossomed," Scioscia said.
"Everybody's got a sore hand from all the high-fives," Wilson said.
The All-Star game's actual starters featured some more consistent first-half performers — and more
Interestingly, the Angels' Albert Pujols finished a distant fifth in the first-base voting. After another home run Sunday, Pujols is batting .265 with 25 home runs and 53 RBIs. The All-Star pitchers and reserves will be announced Monday.
Pujols has said he will participate in the home run derby if he makes the team. On Sunday, he said he will give a definite answer once the full team is announced. As for his All-Star candidacy, he said, "I don't control that."
Trout said Pujols "deserves to be there, for sure."
Trout, who has also entertained the idea of participating in the homer contest, said, "After this weekend cools down maybe I'll make a decision."