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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

MLB: Demand for Trout off the field a balancing act

The Endust ad blows forward ‘n the Endust ad blows back.

Count Sports Illustrated, ESPN The Magazine, Men’s Health and Eastbay among them. He’s graced all their covers, in addition to eight fantasy baseball-related publications, and will make up the centerfold spread of GQ’s April issue.

Then there’s Nike, ESPN’s Baseball Tonight, Major League Baseball and BodyArmor SuperDrink, companies that have had Trout on the field and in full uniform at Tempe Diablo Stadium this spring, standing in the batter’s box, simulating a robbed home run and peering in from the dugout for their cameras.

Asked what advice he’d give Trout heading into Year 2, coming off unanimous Rookie of the Year honors and a near-MVP, Pujols said: “He needs to know to say ‘no’ sometimes to people, because I know everybody is going to want a piece of him.”

“You feel bad,” Jeff Trout said, “but you just have to say ‘no,’ or he wouldn’t have any time.”

The fame brings a lot of good, of course. Endorsement deals with BodyArmor, J&J Snack Foods, Nike and Subway—which put him in its Super Bowl ad—have netted Trout an estimated endorsement portfolio of about $1.5 million in 2013.

But now, the pressure has multiplied and everything Trout does is a story, like the 10 pounds he added in the offseason or the $510,000 the Angels decided to pay him for 2013—heck, even a picture of the fish he reeled in during a family trip to Key West, Fla., made SportsCenter.

Fans flood his parents’ voicemail and mailbox with phone calls and letters; they beg for his autograph as soon as he steps outside the clubhouse doors; and in the bathroom of Chase Field on Saturday night, where he attended a World Baseball Classic game along with Vernon Wells, they hounded him for photos.

Repoz Posted: March 12, 2013 at 05:04 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. eddieot Posted: March 12, 2013 at 09:35 AM (#4386805)
I was at the BBWAA dinner this year and I was amazed at the number of fathers who paid a few hundred bucks a seat to bring their teenage sons with folders of cards and boxes of balls to get signed. As Trout left the ballroom at the end of the night he was followed by a huge trail of kids with Sharpies. Willie Mays was sitting at a table 15 feet away quietly chatting with his tablemates.
   2. Worrierking Posted: March 12, 2013 at 09:37 AM (#4386807)
It's tough to be The Spotlight Kid.
   3. DL from MN Posted: March 12, 2013 at 09:57 AM (#4386817)
Demand for Trout is always higher during Lent.
   4. Cloude Atlas (Voxter) Posted: March 12, 2013 at 10:00 AM (#4386820)
Proposed: that Mike Trout's nickname be "No-Neck".
   5. flournoy Posted: March 12, 2013 at 10:31 AM (#4386835)
Is that a Drabble reference?
   6. Esoteric Posted: March 12, 2013 at 10:42 AM (#4386840)
Is that a Drabble reference?
Captain Beefheart.

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