Headed to Cedar Rapids yesterday for my annual prospect pilgrimage. Tyler Skaggs looked impressive in 5 innings of 2 run (1 earned) ball, but the highlight of the evening was watching Mike Trout. First at-bat - cracks a double down the left-field line. Second at-bat - crushes a triple into the right-field corner. Later in the game he reached on an infield single. His speed on the basepaths is almost comical because it seems like he is moving so much faster than everybody else. In center field it looks like he's gliding. I saw him take away a sure hit. It looked like it was going to drop in and then - there he is.
After the game, as he's signing one of those tiny bats for my 5-year old boy, I realize he's just a teenager going out with his friends after the game for a pizza. It was a perfect night: 70 degrees, watching baseball, hangin' out with my kid, eating hot dogs, drinking a beer. Minor league ball in smalltown, America - glorious.
On a side note - I don't know if all teams do this but Cedar Rapids does. All four starting pitchers (who are NOT pitching that night) are required to run the gun, track pitches, and videotape the pitchers in the game. My boy got all four to sign a ball for him - Garret Richards, Stephen Locke, Ariel Pena and Fabio Martinez-Mesa.