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.