I am a frustrated angler. I’ve mentioned my last four fishing trips and the fact that I pulled goose-eggs out of the lake. Many years ago, I fished Lake Tahoe and I feel a kinship, a connection, with a sporting gentleman by the name of Gene St. Denis. He just just pulled one of the biggest brown trout in history from Lake Tahoe. The giant trout was 33 inches long and weighed 15 pounds, 9 ounces. That’s right fishies; there will be a next time. At a time and a place of my choosing. You will not have the last laugh. . .
The Dodgers are trailing their arch-nemisisisisis in the National League West, the San Francisco Giants, by 4 1/2 games. In a move bound to generate grumblings from the players’ union about child labor, the new Dodgers’ leadership has placed all hope in the tiny hands of a three year-old named Christian Haupt:
Of which, Christian is only sixteen years younger than Texas Ranger Jurickson Barthelomeus Profar, who homered in his first at-bat. Sportswriters have taken to calling Jurickson Profar, Mike Trout, Manny Machado, and Bryce Harper the Bat-Pack. As in, swing-happy.
And as far as the Dodger Christian Haupt is concerned, he stars in the Adam Sandler movie, That’s My Boy. Which, if that were the case, he would be named Christian Sandler.
Does anyone find it a little fishy that the new star of the Los Angeles Angels is named Mike Trout? Remember Tim Salmon? Both were outfielders. Both played for the Angels.
It’s easy to forget that Mike Trout, for all his otherworldly talent, was still living with his parents six months ago.
His dad hasn’t forgotten.
Last Monday, when White Sox slugger Paul Konerko went hitless and Trout moved past him to take over the batting lead in the American League, Jeff Trout turned to his son and offered some fatherly advice:
“Now get to bed. You’ve got a game tomorrow,” he told his youngest boy, who was spending a rare off-day at home.
That’s hardly the only surreal moment Jeff and his wife Deb have experienced since their son made his major league debut last July. The Trouts now get so many random text messages and phone calls — most from people they don’t recognize — they’re thinking of changing their number.
And then there are the friends requesting autographs, family members asking for baseballs, and an endless line of would-be advisors, agents, pitchmen and snake-oil salesmen all angling for a piece of baseball’s newest superstar.
It’s been a little overwhelming for a pair of schoolteachers from small-town New Jersey. “That is the side that most people never understand,” Jeff Trout says. “It’s hard to explain to people. Is it a downside? It’s a different side.”
Almost six years ago, Tim Salmon, also an outfielder for the Los Angeles Anglers, retired:
Timothy James “Tim” Salmon (born August 24, 1968 in Long Beach, California) is a former Major League Baseball right fielder and designated hitterwho played his entire career with the California/Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels (appearing with the team under all three of its recent names). Known affectionately among Angels fans as the King Fish, he is considered one of the greatest players in the Angels’ franchise history.
He played his final Major League game on October 1, 2006, against the Oakland Athletics. His name and jersey number were cut into the infield and outfield grass of the playing field at Angel Stadium.
He returned to Angel Stadium as a player in the 2010 All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game where he received a standing ovation before hitting two home runs for the American League and receiving the game’s MVP award.
Salmon’s number (15) with the Angels has not been retired yet, but it has not been used by an Angel since his retirement. When Dan Haren was traded to the Angels from the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 25, 2010, he requested number 24 instead of his usual 15 out of respect for Salmon.
As of the end of the 2006 season, Salmon is the Angels’ all-time leader in home runs (299), runs scored (983), walks (965) and slugging percentage (.499). He is second in franchise history with 1016 RBIs, behind Garret Anderson. He remains the franchise’s only player to have won the Rookie of the Year award.
A common rookie complaint is that to get ahead in the Angels, you have swim upstream.