Mike Trout, the pride of Millville, N.J. (see story), and the brightest young star in baseball, comes to Citizens Bank Park with the Los Angeles Angels for a two-game series beginning Tuesday night. The 22-year-old star, who plays center field for the Angels under Mike Scioscia -- another product of greater Philadelphia -- will have plenty of support in the away stands Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon.
Along with the entire baseball team from Millville High School, the town from which Trout hails will have an additional 3,000 fans in the Philadelphia stands.
He will have one in the Phillies’ dugout, as well.
“I think we're all fans of each other,” said Ryan Howard, himself a former Rookie of the Year and MVP winner. “All we've been able to do is hear about him because we never play against them.”
Interleague play brings the Trout -- and don’t forget Albert Pujols (10 homers, 26 RBIs in his first 36 games) -- to town. The Phillies are coming off a terrible loss in New York on Sunday. They blew a three-run lead in the ninth and lost, 5-4, in 11 innings to the Mets (see story).
“We're not looking at one guy, we're looking at an entire team,” Howard said. “We need to regroup and pull it together and get ready for the entire Angels team, not just Trout.”
Howard conceded that Trout is special.
And what impresses Howard most about Trout?
"I would say his poise,” Howard said. “I think the way he's handled himself with all the attention and the hype, just the way he's carried himself, it's impressive. I'm not one to throw the age thing around, but for being so young, he's handled everything like a true veteran with a lot of maturity."
-- Jim Salisbury, CSNPhilly.com