Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 5/14/14

Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout grew up in Millville, New Jersey — which is roughly 45 miles from Philadelphia. So if Trout does have a "hometown" city in Major League Baseball, it would be The City of Brotherly Love.And the appreciative Phillies crowd inside Citizens Bank Park Tuesday night embraced the visiting phenom like a hometown hero.That's right. The same fans who have booed Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny stood and cheered for an opposing player.Over 4,000 people bought tickets as a part of the Millville Night celebration at the park and countless others came to see the former South Jersey star for the first time.Trout got the rousing ovation prior to his first professional at-bat ever in Philadelphia.Your browser does not support iframes."It was a special moment for me, a real special moment," said the 22-year-old Trout. "It felt unbelievable to take it in a little longer. A lot of things were going through my mind – excited, anxious, chills. It's a feeling you can't describe. It's just an unbelievable feeling."A little love was probably lost after the Angels rallied to beat the home team, 4-3.

PLAYERS: Mike Trout
TEAMS: Los Angeles Angels
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