While Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout’s new contract extension might not seem like enough money considering he’s one of the most talented players in the majors, he showed he’s worth every penny of the deal with his outstanding performance on Opening Day.
Trout crushed a two-run home run off Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez in the bottom of the first inning to give the Angels the early lead. To be honest, no one should have been surprised that Trout hit the homer. It’s more of the fact that he did something that great players do that’s more astounding than anything else is. All-Stars are expected to put up early runs on the board in the first game of the season. While some veteran sluggers looked a bit rusty, Trout excelled at the plate and in the field on Opening Day.
It’s true that Los Angeles’ offense went a bit quiet while Seattle stormed back to score 10 runs, including six in the ninth inning. However, that doesn’t hold much significance in a 162-game season. The real focus must be on Trout because he’s the reason why the Angels have hope that their high expectations will be met this season.
The 22-year-old stated in spring training that he was going to be more aggressive at the plate in 2014. Obviously, he’s a man of his word. Leading the American League in walks, as Trout did last season, is not a bad thing. With that being said, the Angels would much prefer the contrary, which is him knocking in runs to give them an early lead in a ball game.