Several years ago, I became a fan of the Los Angeles Angels. It didn't hurt, at the time, that the team was owned by Gene Autry. (What? You mean you didn't love Gene Autry when you were a kid?) I realize most of you guys pull for the Braves, if you pull for anyone other than the Gamecocks, but, hey,.......You can only imagine how happy I was when they picked Michael Roth.
Yesterday, news leaked out that today (Saturday) it will formally be announced that the Angels have signed a six-year extension with Mike Trout through the 2020 season, a contract worth approximately $145MM, at which time Trout will be 29 years old.
When I was a kid, like some of you, I was lucky enough to have watched Mickey Mantle on TV as he was concluding his career. I used to listen to the games on the AM radio every night as Bobby Richardson played with Mickey and the rest of the Yankees. I learned a lot about baseball listening to Phil Rizzuto and Red Barber, Joe Garagiola, and occasionally Mel Allen, broadcast the Yankees games. I've soaked up everything I could read and view about Mickey Mantle ever since. Of course, I got to see just a bit of Willie Mays and others of that era, too, on the Falstaff Baseball Game of the Week with Dizzy Dean and Pee Wee Reese.
Three years ago, little more than a year after Mike Trout had been chosen as the #25 pick of the 2009 major league draft, I began reading articles which blew my mind: Mike Trout was being compared to none other than Mickey Mantle. At first, the sacrilegious suggestions were usually placed at the end of articles where the writer could hide if readers started throwing eggs his way. Similar articles eventually became easier to find. Even after his American League Rookie of the Year season in 2012, baseball fans and executives weren't sure that the "sophomore jinx" wouldn't rear its head. Well, it didn't! As a matter of fact, Trout's second season was deemed by some to be equal to, if not better than, his first.
I write this so that baseball fans who love the game and have a sense of history will TAKE NOTE. If you missed Mickey Mantle and his early career the first time around. you MAY be being given a second chance to watch the HISTORY OF GREATNESS as it's being made.
By the way, Michael Roth is scheduled to start the 2014 season with the Angels' AAA team in Salt Lake City.
So far, Mike Trout is the clean-as-snow model child. Doesn't drink. Lives with his parents in New Jersey during the off season. Of course, I suspect he'll buy a home in Newport Beach now. Or better yet, for tax purposes, Florida; he can rent in Newport Beach for six months a year.
Edited by ludwick, 30 March 2014 - 09:44 PM.