Others make case for bigger raise as Angels' Mike Trout soldiers on

Trout is probably going to make more than $100 million in a few years, and we're supposed to be upset because he's being shortchanged with $510,000. Perspective is long gone.

Mike Trout got a $20,000 pay raise from the Angels, and I know I'm supposed to feel something.

If someone could explain to me what a pay raise is, it might help.

I really don't understand why anyone cares what Trout makes unless they have a daughter who might marry him.

You start comparing what people get paid, and it never goes well. I'd like to see the president stand up to Jim Mora, and tell me I don't deserve to be paid more than he does.

Dennis Rodman can do his job, as we learned recently, and he was paid nothing.

OK, so we all know Trout is overloaded with talent. At 20 and 21 maybe the very best in the world at what he does.

I was in the Army when I was 20 and 21, doing my very best to avoid being shipped to Vietnam. And I was the best in the world because I didn't go.

I was paid $333.60 a month while protecting everyone on the home front. And yet despite my heroic efforts, I received only a $13.20 increase to remain with the boys in the green for another year.

I don't recall an outraged agent speaking on my behalf. I only remember my girlfriend saying we could now get married because of the extra $13.20 a month and we were going to live on love anyway.

We would get fat on love and later include Jenny Craig in our relationship; things do change.

Today's soldier, like Trout, gets paid so much more. A soldier today with less than two years' service like Trout will earn approximately $23,760 annually.

And like baseball players, soldiers also have an incentive clause in their deals. They stay alive and they get paid again.

Trout is guaranteed to earn $510,000 this season. He can buy a car and not worry about the payments. Good for him.

But quite a few people are upset. They say Angry Arte has gone inexplicably cheap in dealing with the team's best player, or worse yet, he's just being himself and seeking revenge.

Fox's baseball insider Ken Rosenthal reported the Angels offered Trout more than $510,000, but shy of the $1 million he wanted.

Rosenthal says he was told Trout rejected the Angels' offer, and Arte got angry and renewed Trout at $510,000 as a "punitive measure."

We should all be punished so harshly, but it's interesting to hear again how wrong we were to judge Arte Moreno as the benevolent owner.

Angry Arte is a great guy when everyone is telling him he's great, but when told anything else he starts cussing, or looking for a hiding place.

Some worry Trout will now get angry and sign elsewhere four years from now.

That's a long time to carry a grudge, unless you're working for a guy who reminds you all the time that's how he lives.

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