The time has finally past all of us by. The days of watching New York Yankees‘ all-time great shortstop Derek Jeter walk up and dig into the batter’s box are nearly finished. Jeter has played his last MLB All-Star Game and also did something baseball fans thought they would never see again. The real Jeter may leave us, but his presence will always be felt through Los Angeles Angels‘ outfielder Mike Trout.
Trout was awarded the Ted Williams Award as the All-Star Game’s Most Valuable Player connecting on a triple in the first inning driving home Jeter and a double in the fifth inning scoring two runs. Trout finished with three RBI in the game, ultimately becoming the difference maker earning him the award.
Like Jeter, Trout is a jersey boy as well. Jeter was born in Pequannock, NJ, while Trout was born in Vineland, NJ. How ironic it is that one jersey kid passes the torch to another and both ooze the same kind of excellence. Trout may not know it yet, but he nearly has all the same qualities of a ballplayer that Jeter possesses. The leadership, on an off the field, strive for excellence and the same respect he has for the game and the players around him.
Trout will go on to have more of a powerful career than Jeter because he is a five-tool player. However, the same iconic stature Jeter has is the same Trout is starting to gain at such a young age.
What Jeter was to the Yankees and baseball for so long is what Trout will mean to the Angels and baseball for the next 20 years.