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Mike Trout will be the focus of a feature story in the April 2013 issue of GQ magazine and grace the cover of its "Style Bible" edition. The article and photo spread will profile the Los Angeles Angels' 21-year-old phenom and his strong connection to his hometown Millville, N.J.
GQ's Daniel Riley talked with Trout about living at his parents' home during the offseason, spending most of his time in his spectacular man cave and growing up in South Jersey before making it big in the major leagues.
Trout shows his lighter side when the rising superstar revisits his old high school, looks at the field he played on with the Thunderbolts and jokes.
"Man, I drive by there every once in a while when I'm home," he says. " I look at that fence (at Millville) and it's like, 'How did I not hit more home runs here?'"
Trout did smack 31 homers in his high school career — including a state record 18 in his senior year in 2009.
His former competitors only want to talk about their successes against him.
“I get it a lot on Twitter, Facebook — these guys saying, ‘Remember me? I struck you out!’ Well, congratulations,” he says, laughing and realizing that he did pretty good.
Trout describes his first year with the Angels as "the craziest year of (his) life" and talks about becoming hooked on sushi.
"The sushi thing, man. If you put sushi in front of my face two years ago, I wouldn’t even sniff it, wouldn’t touch it, wouldn’t try a lot of food. The appetite’s changed," he says. "The food and the beach. I’m moving down to the beach. Settling in in Newport. Really love that."
For all his new found success, Trout is still loyal to his Jersey roots. He points out "the first house I buy will be right here."
And for the fans that grew up watching Trout bloom into the player he is today, he will never leave their small town — at least on the airwaves this year. Local radio station WSNJ 1240 AM has agreed to broadcast every Angels game this season.
Baseball-style spring jackets are being featured in the April issue of GQ. You can bet if Trout is modeling one, it will be covered in grass stains.
BEST OF MAXIM
ARLINGTON, Texas Josh Hamilton's return to Rangers Ballpark didn't go so well on the field or in the stands for his family.
While Hamilton said his family was fine, there was a security guard around his wife Katie and their daughters.
"Just guys being ugly, inappropriate to my wife," Hamilton said. "People being dumbasses."
A Los Angeles club official...
By Robert Cunningham, AngelsWin.com Staff Writer --
2013 Outlook: Mark Trumbo had a true Jekyll and Hyde season in 2012. The first half he was on fire (.306 BA/.358 OBP/.608 SLG w/a .327 BABIP) and was going toe-to-toe with some of the best players in the game and then, almost inexplicably, he fell off a cliff (.227 BA/.271 OBP/.359 SLG w/a .302 BABIP) after the All-Star Break...
Josh Hamilton is headed back to Arlington, Texas, the place where his baseball career came back to life and where he put up some of his biggest numbers. But the slugger, who signed with Los Angeles this offseason, isn’t expecting a warm welcome — and he knows exactly why.
Shortly after Hamilton signed with the Angels, he angered much of Texas by calling Dallas “a football town...
Mike Scioscia used to be lauded for his smallball managerial style, but it’s time to recognize that the approach is hurting the team.
The Los Angeles Angels have gone 1-2 to start the season. People like to say it’s too early to overreact, but it’s not too early for me to point out some poor decisions by Scioscia. Twice in three games Scioscia has taken away the team’s best...
ARLINGTON, Texas While the boos and jeers rained down on Josh Hamilton during his return to Rangers Ballpark, he got some comforting words in the dugout.
"He said, 'Where was Jesus got-after the most? His hometown,'" said the deeply religious Hamilton, who declined to name the source of inspiration. "Baseball wise, this is my hometown."
NO SURPRISES THERE
Friday was the home opener for the Texas Rangers after opening the season down the road in Houston, and their opponents for the first series of the year with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and former Ranger outfielder Josh Hamilton. Hamilton came to the plate for the first time in the top of the second, and as you can tell in the video above, the Rangers faithful weren't...
ARLINGTON — Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton says his wife had to call for security before his first game against the Texas Rangers because fans of his former team were shouting obscenities and personal insults at his family.
The All-Star slugger said Saturday that security guards stayed near his wife, Katie, and their children, and there weren’t any major incidents...
Albert Pujols homered twice to offset another tough day for Josh Hamilton in his second game back in Texas, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Rangers 8-4 Saturday.
Pujols hit a two-run shot to the lawn in center field off Matt Harrison in the first inning and watched Hamilton strike out twice and fly out behind him after taking three intentional walks.
The only other time the...
By Joe Haakenson, AngelsWin.com Contributor -
APRIL 6, 2002
GAME 5 - ANGELS AT RANGERS
ARLINGTON, Texas -- It was the perfect situation for your $22-million-per-year superstar. Bases loaded, two out in the bottom of the ninth, his team down by three.
But Alex Rodriguez's high fly ball to left field dropped harmlessly into the awaiting glove of Angels left fielder Garret...
Josh Hamilton will be in the other dugout when the Texas Rangers play their home opener Friday.
Texas is coming off an opening series at Houston, when Yu Darvish was one out from a perfect game and Rangers pitchers struck out 43 batters in posting two shutouts. But so much attention in the first home series will be on Hamilton being in a Los Angeles Angels uniform.
Josh Hamilton's return to Rangers Ballpark didn't go so well on the
field or in the stands for his family. While Hamilton said his
family was fine, there was a security guard around his wife Katie
and their daughters.
Josh Hamilton did not have the smoothest end to his time with the Texas Rangers at the end of last season nor when he opted to sign with a division rival over the Rangers. Fans were not too distraught over his departure with the way he played down the stretch, but that does not necessarily mean they wanted him to go.
Once he regained control of his demons again he'd be back to...
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Ian Kinsler hit a go-ahead single with two outs in the eighth inning and the Texas Rangers gave their fans plenty of reasons to cheer in the home opener, beating Josh Hamilton and the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 Friday.Hamilton was a five-time All-Star and the 2010 AL MVP while with Texas before going to the AL West-rival Angels with a 125 million, five-year contract...
Think back 10 years. What do you remember about the MLB? I remember stars all over the place. Bonds, Sosa, McGwire, Nomar, Clemens, and A-Rod just to name a few. Albert Pujols was beginning his 3rd season. Miguel Cabrera was about to splash on the scene as a skinny leftfielder for the Marlins. But just a few years later, something happened and these stars were gone. Bonds, Sosa,...