The fact that Los Angeles Angels star outfielder Mike Trout led off the 2013 MLB All-Star Game with a raked double off of New York Mets All-Star Matt Harvey should be something we get accustomed to. There was some doubt in the minds of people watching Trout play this year. I’ve heard people say that he isn’t as good as he thinks he is or that he is far from the player he was in his rookie season. Ah, whatever. Trout will be a fixture on American League All-Star teams for at least the next decade and probably more.
Angels fans should know better than anyone how good this guy is. Maybe he dives for a ball he didn’t need to dive for now and then but so what. Jim Edmonds made a pretty decent career out of doing that and Trout is light-years ahead of Edmonds in most categories. Yes, I think Trout could even make that famous diving catch running towards the wall in center. It is something not to question or to find something wrong with. It’s something and someone to be proud of.
The American League has Trout and the National League has Bryce Harper. Overall these two guys still are some of the best young players in the game and clearly, Trout seems to be a touch better at this point. Whether you agree with that or not, it is hard to argue that Trout will be a fixture on the All-Star team for the next several years. We are getting to watch the beginning of a very special career. Why don’t we just enjoy it?