The sun shined brighter than usual at Safeco Field on Sunday afternoon, so Mike Trout went to Justin Upton with a proposition.
“Anything in that gap, I’ll catch,” Trout said of left-center field, where their positions meet. “Unless you’re camped.”
Soon, a ball soared toward that gap, with two outs and a man on third in the second inning. Trout glided to the spot where it would land. By the time he arrived, Upton had camped under it, so Trout said nothing and ceded the catch to his new teammate.
At the last second, Upton stepped away and the ball landed as an RBI triple, a gift that helped the Seattle Mariners score most of their runs in a 5-3 Angels victory.