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First a Salmon, Now a Trout, What Next…?
By Luke Johnson
Updated: June 29, 2012
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are the MLB version of former cult classic “Fish Masters.”
“Fiiiiiisssshhhhhh Maaaastteeeerrrs…” should be played before every home game and I’m proposing a change of mascot from the formidable rally monkey to the hats of Salmons, Trouts, and someday….Carps?
First Tim Salmon. Now Mike Trout. Next Cole Carp. I like that, Cole Carp. It rings Barry Bonds of the early nineties with the
athletic reach of Torii Hunter. But I’m in no hurry really. I’m okay with Mike Trout for now.
It’s hard to believe the kid is only 20 years old. He possesses a maturity beyond his years evident by a patient small ball approach at the plate, and it’s paying off. Over the last ten games the kid is hitting .388 with 5 stolen bases and 12 runs scored, pushing his season batting average to .344. Over that span, the Halos have won 8 of 10 and averaged a league best 5.9 runs per game.
Last night’s dominating 13-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles was capped by a freakish catch in center and blew up the twittersphere. Legendary teammate Torii Hunter tweeted: “(Mike Trout) made one of the best catches I’ve seen with my eyes! He’s going to be fun to watch for years to come!” and opposing center fielder, Oriole’ Adam Jones:” This kid (Mike Trout) is a freak of nature. Just sayin.”
It’s clear the Angels are the class sushi bar of the MLB, offering some of the finest cuts in league history. Salmon of the mid nineties to early two thousand’s, brought a world series ring and many home runs, while Trout, in this day and age, scales walls and runs like a cheetah. It makes you wonder what a Carp in the future might be able to do — move mountains? levitate? Whichever he chooses to do I’m certain it will be something special. But until then, “I would like an order of the Trout please with a side of home run robbery and a glass of your finest stolen base. Thank you.”