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Monday, July 25, 2011

Mike Trout’s first big league homer helps Angels pull away from Orioles

BALTIMORE—Even if 19-year-old Mike Trout hits hundreds of home runs during his big league career, he will never forget the first.

Everything went right for Trout on Sunday, whose three-run drive in the eighth inning helped secure a 9-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

With family and friends in attendance, Trout hit a 3-1 pitch from Mark Worrell into the left field seats to turn a 3-2 lead into a four-run cushion. He got the silent treatment upon returning to the dugout before being mobbed by his teammates.

“It was just awesome out there,” said Trout, the youngest player in the majors. “It’s definitely special. I think it’s my parents’ first home run they’ve seen in pro ball that I hit in a game.”

I’m seriously resisting the urge to deploy one of several fish-based puns.

still hunting for a halo-red october (in Delphi) Posted: July 25, 2011 at 08:05 AM | 46 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: July 25, 2011 at 12:17 PM (#3884612)
I’m seriously resisting the urge to deploy one of several fish-based puns.


Did the fan who caught the ball throw it back?
   2. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: July 25, 2011 at 12:23 PM (#3884613)
Vlad, I couldn't tell on the highlight reel.
   3. Bob Evans Posted: July 25, 2011 at 12:26 PM (#3884614)
He took Worrell to school.
   4. Justin T is going to crush some tacos Thursday Posted: July 25, 2011 at 12:37 PM (#3884617)
He cast that one quite a ways.
   5. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: July 25, 2011 at 12:44 PM (#3884622)
Never hang a sinker or a hook near Trout.
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 25, 2011 at 01:08 PM (#3884634)
The home run was THIIIIIIIIS big!
   7. Joey B. Posted: July 25, 2011 at 02:22 PM (#3884693)
MLB All-Fish team:

Mike Trout
Mike Carp
Kevin Bass
Catfish Hunter

Who else can go on there?
   8. UCCF Posted: July 25, 2011 at 02:26 PM (#3884696)
Steve and Dizzy Trout
   9. Jeff R., P***y Mainlander Posted: July 25, 2011 at 02:33 PM (#3884704)
Tim Salmon.
   10. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: July 25, 2011 at 02:39 PM (#3884709)
Can John Bateman catch?

EDIT: Preacher Roe could pitch
   11. Anonymous Observer Posted: July 25, 2011 at 02:42 PM (#3884712)
You also have Bob and Thornton Kipper. And, you can't have fish without roe, so we have Preacher Roe (as was pointed out to me in a previous Mike Trout thread), and a couple of players who appeared in one major league game each Clay Roe and Roe Skidmore.

I find players like Roe Skidmore to be fascinating. He appeared in one game, as a pinch hitter, and in his only career at bat, he got a base hit. Stories like this always make me wonder what conspired against a player to only get just the smallest of sips of a cup of coffee.
   12. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: July 25, 2011 at 02:43 PM (#3884713)
And if we can pun, Warren Spahn would be your staff ace.
   13. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: July 25, 2011 at 02:46 PM (#3884716)
Did the fan who caught the ball throw it back?
No, unless they did it between innings when I wasn't looking.
   14. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: July 25, 2011 at 02:49 PM (#3884721)
Heh, who knew? From BBRef:

Player Years
Roger Bernadina 2008-2011, minors
Rogearvin Argelo Bernadina The Shark
Jeff Samardzija 2008-2011, minors
Jeffrey Alan Samardzija Shark
   15. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 25, 2011 at 02:51 PM (#3884724)
Harry Eells?
   16. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: July 25, 2011 at 03:17 PM (#3884738)
What about Alex "Sea Bass" Gonzalez?
   17. Shredder Posted: July 25, 2011 at 03:26 PM (#3884742)
Did the fan who caught the ball throw it back?
The guy who caught the ball was wearing an Angels cap. They showed him taking pictures with the family and all that, so I assume Trout got the ball back. It looked like the guy was an Angels fan, however, they reported during the game that it was the jackass who thinks he's famous because he's caught like 1,000 balls or something over the years at games, which is impressive until you realize that 99.9% of them come during BP. Which explains why he was wearing the Angels cap. That's one of his tricks to get players on the opposing team to throw him a ball.

I can't remember the guy's name. I just remember there was an article here in the last couple years where he touted his ability to read spray charts, and get seats in the perfect spot and all that, before acknowledging that he got most balls through basically lying to the opposing team.
   18. Dave Spiwak Posted: July 25, 2011 at 03:28 PM (#3884747)
The guy who caught the ball was wearing an Angels cap. They showed him taking pictures with the family and all that, so I assume Trout got the ball back. It looked like the guy was an Angels fan, however, they reported during the game that it was the jackass who thinks he's famous because he's caught like 1,000 balls or something over the years at games, which is impressive until you realize that 99.9% of them come during BP. Which explains why he was wearing the Angels cap. That's one of his tricks to get players on the opposing team to throw him a ball.

I can't remember the guy's name. I just remember there was an article here in the last couple years where he touted his ability to read spray charts, and get seats in the perfect spot and all that, before acknowledging that he got most balls through basically lying to the opposing team.


That guy is truly a bottom-feeder.
   19. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: July 25, 2011 at 03:35 PM (#3884750)
With such a small sample size, how do we know that Trout's HR is not a fluke?
   20. Dudefella Posted: July 25, 2011 at 03:49 PM (#3884757)
Antonio Alfonseca could come in out of the pen.
   21. Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: July 25, 2011 at 04:04 PM (#3884765)
put Art Herring in the bullpen, too...
   22. Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: July 25, 2011 at 04:04 PM (#3884767)
add Norm Bass as the fifth starter
   23. TVerik, the gum-snappin' hairdresser Posted: July 25, 2011 at 04:13 PM (#3884771)
Why did they call that guy "Sea Bass"?
   24. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: July 25, 2011 at 04:26 PM (#3884779)
Do Marlon Byrd and Marlon Anderson get on the team?
   25. WiHaloFan Posted: July 25, 2011 at 05:47 PM (#3884798)
That guy is truly a bottom-feeder.


That's pretty harsh. The guy, Zack Hample, has donated over $4000 to charity this season based on the number of baseballs he's collected (even the batting practice balls), and typically gives the balls away to kids.
   26. Halofan Posted: July 25, 2011 at 05:52 PM (#3884802)
It was apparent that Angels broadcaster Victor Rojas was reading blog game threads when he made the "ballhawk" announcement. The Ballhawker gave the ball to the family after mild negotiations, as far from a bottom as it gets actually.
   27. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: July 25, 2011 at 05:59 PM (#3884806)
Gil Hodges at first.
   28. Fernigal McGunnigle has become a merry hat Posted: July 25, 2011 at 06:02 PM (#3884807)
This thread is intriguing in part because of the two fish jokes (#1 and #18) that, ahem, spawned real responses.

Why did they call that guy "Sea Bass"?


Because he has a face like a sea bass! And to differentiate him from the other SS Alex Gonzalez. The name originated with Kevin Millar in their Marlins days -- more fishy influence.

As for the all-fish team, they have many enemies.
   29. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: July 25, 2011 at 06:11 PM (#3884811)
They do indeed.
   30. Mike Emeigh Posted: July 25, 2011 at 06:57 PM (#3884839)
Rocky Roe can umpire.

-- MWE
   31. KJOK Posted: July 25, 2011 at 07:02 PM (#3884842)
This thread is intriguing in part because of the two fish jokes (#1 and #18) that, ahem, spawned real responses.


You meant REEL responses of course.
   32. Dave Spiwak Posted: July 25, 2011 at 07:29 PM (#3884871)
#s 25 and 26 swallowed my bait hook, line, and sinker.
   33. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: July 25, 2011 at 07:33 PM (#3884874)
You worm!
   34. Swedish Chef Posted: July 25, 2011 at 07:39 PM (#3884885)
This thread is really floundering.
   35. Sam M. Posted: July 25, 2011 at 07:44 PM (#3884892)
So if Trout succeeds we're going to keep doing this for the next 15 years, aren't we?

Nothing against him or the Angels, but if that's how it's gonna be, I don't think I've ever rooted harder for a non-Yankees prospect to flop.
   36. still hunting for a halo-red october (in Delphi) Posted: July 25, 2011 at 08:01 PM (#3884920)
Nothing against him or the Angels, but if that's how it's gonna be, I don't think I've ever rooted harder for a non-Yankees prospect to flop.


You're kind of a small, petty person, aren't you?
   37. Dave Spiwak Posted: July 25, 2011 at 08:02 PM (#3884922)
I don't think I've ever rooted harder for a non-Yankees prospect to flop.


Flop like a fish out of water or just regular flopping? (I'm not even sure when people are making puns anymore.)
   38. Cabbage Posted: July 25, 2011 at 08:02 PM (#3884923)
Troy McClure runs the fanclub.
   39. Shredder Posted: July 26, 2011 at 01:54 AM (#3885225)
You're kind of a small, petty person, aren't you?
I think he was joking (the flop gave it away).

And kudos to Zack Hample for doing the right thing. And if he's raising money for charity, that's cool too. I just thought the "I'm an expert at catching foul balls and home runs" thing was pretty lame.
   40. Sam M. Posted: July 26, 2011 at 04:38 AM (#3885367)
Not only do I hope he flops. I hope he does it before he even gets to the batter's box. On deck. That's where Trout should flop. On deck.
   41. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: July 26, 2011 at 04:48 AM (#3885383)
All the Mike Trout jokes you'll need for the next 15 years in one convenient place:

Fix the damned thing and leave my private life out of it
   42. Something Other Posted: July 26, 2011 at 06:33 AM (#3885523)
Nothing against him or the Angels, but if that's how it's gonna be, I don't think I've ever rooted harder for a non-Yankees prospect to flop.

You're kind of a small, petty person, aren't you?
Nah, Sam's okay. I mean, this is just a taste of how bad it's going to get. Spend an afternoon on AmazinAvenue when Dickey's pitching. He's a great story, but after 1000 sniggering penis jokes, you're praying for him to blow out his elbow.

Interesting. I noticed in one of the game photos that Trout seems to be wearing a herring aid.
   43. The importance of being Ernest Riles Posted: July 26, 2011 at 06:57 AM (#3885533)
Even if he's successful, I can see him taking the hometown discount to stay with the Angels. He doesn't play for the money. He'd play just for the halibut.
   44. rlc Posted: July 26, 2011 at 07:36 AM (#3885539)
Ich, thys thread stinks like shad on three days rest. Not a sole pun that's better than crappie.
   45. Swedish Chef Posted: July 26, 2011 at 08:27 AM (#3885545)
Now you're just trawling.
   46. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: July 26, 2011 at 12:10 PM (#3885571)
The 'net is a great place for fish jokes!

That fan was very unsawfish to give the ball back to Trout.

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