Hitting home runs in the big leagues isn’t as easy as Mike Trout makes it look.
Then again, for Mike Trout, it might actually be that easy.
We’re left to ponder this after the Los Angeles Angels slugger went deep during Friday’s 8-3 win against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.
The two-run homer landed just beyond the reach of Orioles outfielder Stevie Wilkerson. More significantly, it came just a few hours after Trout met up with Baltimore native and 7-year-old superfan Gavin Edelson.
Though their conversation was relatively brief, ESPN’s Eddie Matz reports that it included one “simple” request of Trout.
Ninety minutes before Friday night's series opener against the Baltimore Orioles, 7-year-old superfan Gavin Edelson asked his favorite player to hit a homer for him. Trout, who had gone deep just once in his previous 17 games, responded by telling the youngster, "I need to hit a home run tonight." Then Trout went out and went yard.
Ask and you shall receive.
Making the moment even better, Edelson and his father were interviewed just prior to the home run and were on camera when Trout connected. Their reaction was priceless.
According to ESPN, Trout's relationship with Edelson dates back to last season when he spotted the young fan wearing his No. 27 jersey in the stands. Nearly one year to the day, Trout encountered Edelson and his family again while returning from a session in the indoor batting cage at Camden Yards.
Gavin, once again wearing one of his trademark "Troutfits," gave his idol a handwritten letter that started with "Dear Mike Trout, You're my favrit player ever" and ended with "I hope to be just like you." Attached to the letter was an imitation baseball card that featured a photo of Trout and Gavin from their meeting last summer. After spending three minutes talking to the Edelsons, Trout headed back into the Angels clubhouse, but not before giving his bat to Gavin, and his batting gloves to 11-year old brother Jacob.
It’s also fitting that Camden Yards happens to be one of Trout’s favorite parks to hit in. Friday’s home run was his ninth in 26 games played in Baltimore. That’s more homers than he’s hit in any AL West ballpark despite playing two more series in those ballparks each season.
He also likes making spectacular catches in Baltimore.
As noted, Trout had actually been in a power slump of late. The home run was only his second since April 19.
So yeah, hitting home runs really isn’t all that easy, even for Trout. But it never hurts to have a little extra motivation.
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