We see the greatness of
Trout reminded us of his youth late Tuesday night. He sat in the corner of a cramped room, waiting for
Trout is 23. This is what a 23-year-old does when he is waiting for the movie to start, for the waiter to deliver dinner to his table or, in his case, for his turn to discuss his incredible feats with hundreds of reporters.
When he did, the
"It's awesome to see guys like that," Trout said. "Growing up, I didn't get to see them play that much, because I'm a young guy."
Half a century from now, Trout could be the guy walking slowly out to the mound in a celebratory fluorescent blazer, the highlights from days like Tuesday shown as a future generation of stars applauds the Hall of Famer.
"Let's not jinx it,"
On Tuesday, Trout became the first player to win back-to-back most-valuable-player awards in the All-Star game, leading the
Not to say he is young, but
This game, as Tom Lasorda liked to say, is not that bleeping easy. But, before the game, Pujols told Trout to start the game by going deep on the first pitch, to the opposite field.
"I was telling myself I was going to swing," Trout said, "but I rarely swing at the first pitch."
The pitcher was the Dodgers'
"He actually waited to hit it out," Pujols laughed.
"I wish he was still my teammate," said Greinke, who pitched for the Angels in 2012, Trout's rookie-of-the-year season. "I think he's the perfect position-player teammate and [Clayton] Kershaw is the perfect pitching teammate."
No one had led off the All-Star game with a home run since 1989, when Bo Jackson did it at Anaheim Stadium.
"He's the white Bo Jackson," Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones said of Trout.
In the fifth inning, against Kershaw, Trout hit what appeared to be a double-play ball. Kershaw said he thought he had the double play. But Trout hustled to beat the throw at first, and eventually scored the run that put the AL ahead for good, pinning Kershaw with the loss.
Yost let Trout bat once more, and he walked. In 12 All-Star plate appearances, he has reached base seven times — five hits, two walks.
This game is not that bleeping easy.
"It's the best pitching in the world," Frazier said. "Not everybody is Mike Trout."
Good on Yost for giving the people what they wanted, and for letting Trout become the first All-Star in eight years to bat four times in a game.
After the game, Angels pitcher
"I try to get as much stuff as I can from him. He gets abused," Santiago said. "But he gave me a bat, and he's going to put 'two-time All-Star MVP' on it."
Santiago did his best to put Trout's excellence into words, to explain how he could be so much better than the rest of the best players in baseball.
"He is in his super prime, like Albert used to be," Santiago said.
Santiago paused, not meaning to slight Pujols. "Albert is still in his prime," he said. "He still leads the league in home runs."
He used to be the best player in baseball.
"Trout," said Santiago, "has taken over that role."