Zach Ertz presents game ball to Mike Trout after scoring a touchdown

The Philadelphia Eagles have made a habit of incorporating baseball into their games. Mostly this comes in the form of celebrating touchdowns by hitting faux home runs. But more and more often Philadelphia has included native son Mike Trout into the action.

The Los Angeles Angels‘ superstar outfielder is a die-hard Eagles fan and has been present at many of their home games this season, usually sitting in the front row. And, usually, when the Eagles score a touchdown, Trout is the first person they look for.

Zach Ertz was in a giving mood after scoring a touchdown in Philly's blowout victory against San Francisco. (AP)
Zach Ertz was in a giving mood after scoring a touchdown in Philly’s blowout victory against San Francisco. (AP)

That was the case again on Sunday as Zach Ertz caught a 1-yard pass in the end zone against the San Francisco 49ers and immediately ran to hand the ball over to Trout.

There’s long been speculation — mostly from Philadelphia fans — that Trout could home to play for the Phillies when his contract is up in Los Angeles. At some point you have to wonder whether all these game balls count as tampering.

It’s also fun seeing how excited Trout gets every time this happens. He turns into a kid again (editor’s note: he’s only 26 years old). Maybe it’s karma for all the souvenirs he has given fans around major league baseball.

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Blake Schuster is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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