ANAHEIM, California. – On Sunday afternoon, in front of the main entrance of the Angel Stadium in front of the main entrance of the Angel Stadium, a scene with Mike Trout Station was stationed, right in front of an electronic banner that marked the occasion with the word "Loyalty". Trout stood on the podium in the midst of a chorus of "MVP" songs by some 3,000 fans who came to an exhibition game to celebrate the $ 426.5 million 12-year contract that made him an outstanding member of the Los Angeles Angels will do throughout his career.
The trout, as gracefully an athlete as it has ever seen this game, seemed perplexed.
"Whew!" he exclaimed once, trying to gather in a sea of worship. "I lose it."
Trout made his first public comment since he agreed to this monumental expansion earlier this week. He called this little bag in Southern California "my home," which makes all the difference. [1
" It was one thing for me to talk to people – if I had gone in two years, I would have maybe a little regret, when I'm gone in two years because I love it here. "
Trout received the biggest order in the history of North American professional sports and surpassed recent contracts signed by Manny Machado (10 years, $ 300 million for the San Diego Padres) and Bryce Harper (13 years, $ 330 million at the Philadelphia Phillies) Angels began negotiations with Trout agent Craig Landis towards the end of February and secured a deal within four weeks.
Trout was faced with the possibility of becoming a free agent after the 2020 season and possibly having one Team like the Phillies, who live near his home in Millville, New Jersey, or the New York Yankees, the team he grew up for.
Of course, I live on the Ostk It was a big factor, "Trout said. "You see all the things in the social media -" Mike will come home, Mike will do that. "Of course I still love the eagles, I like going back to the East Coast, the Philly district, the Sixers and all the teams there, but when I got the pledge from Arte and John, I knew which way to go." 19659002] The trout begins with perhaps the fastest start in baseball history and collects more wins above replacement than any other player in its 26-year season. He was six times in the first two of the AL MVP poll and has put together a .307 / .416 / .573 slash line that added 240 homers and 189 stolen bases.
The Angels have not won a playoff game in Trout's seven full seasons, but Trout was encouraged by the direction under Eppler, which has significantly improved the farm system. He added established players who did not compromise the team's financial flexibility would.
At one point during Sunday's press conference, Moreno turned to Trout and said, "He needs some jewelry."
Trout smiled and nodded.
"In the 12 years there will be some ups and downs, but the direction has been huge for me," he said. "I am happy and excited for the direction in which they go."