Mike Trout, ever the magnanimous dude, gives US presents on his birthday, not the other way around. He gives us gifts throughout the year, no doubt, but only a guy as cool as Mike Trout hits homers on his cake day EVERY YEAR...ok, so it’s actually four out of six years, but that’s still pretty damn awesome! Today, he gave us his birthday special, but with an extra special dose of Trout birthday sweetness.
Trout’s first hit of the game, which was a double (and which would lead to him being driven home by Kole Calhoun), was the young baseball god’s 1,000th hit of his career. 1,000 hits for Mike Trout, on the day he turned 26 years old; Trout, per usual, somehow does the incredible and delivers it coated in tasty, dramatic, daydreamy satisfaction.
That’s not what we’re used to seeing on his birthday, though; we’re used to seeing the dingers. Well, Trout was just giving us a historic appetizer with the 1,000th hit. He’d get to the bomb business in the sixth, when he took Orioles starter Dylan Bundy deep to left field, and off the foul pole. It was a solo shot, Trout’s 23rd of the season, and remember that tasty, dramatic, daydreamy fashion I just mentioned a bit ago? Well, the homer tied the game up 2-2, wouldn’t you know? That’s what I’m talking about.
The game basically ended there, as far as I’m concerned. The game was amazing, and featured some huge Trout moments. Then, it ended, tied up at two runs for the Halos and two runs for the Orioles. That’s all that happened. We did not see a bases loaded jack from Manny Machado in the seventh that put Baltimore up 6-2, but man, if that HAD happened, I would not even mention it in this post-game. This was Trout’s night, and the game ended after six innings, cool?
Mike Trout’s birthdays are one of my favorite holidays. Good thing the Angels didn’t lose another game tonight, or it’d have been kind of a bummer, especially since it was such a close one. Like, tie game close.
Happy bday, Trout.