There aren’t fans yet in MLB stadiums — and sadly there won’t be for some time, including at the start of the 2020 regular season, which begins for the Angels on Friday, July 24. So you likely haven’t seen players in workout drills or intrasquad games at Angel Stadium.
But you might have seen video or perhaps pictures from the first few days of what MLB is calling summer camp. No photo better encapsulated this pandemic-addled season than of Mike Trout, the best player in baseball, wearing a mask while running the bases in Anaheim.
Trout’s mother, Debbie, tweeted out that picture, with the message, “If Mike Trout can wear a mask while running the bases you can wear a mask going out in public.” We couldn’t agree more.
On the first day of workouts at Angel Stadium, on July 3, Trout shared his concerns about the season, playing during a pandemic while his wife is expecting the couple’s first child soon.
“Honestly, I still don’t feel that comfortable,” Trout told reporters in a Zoom conference call. “It’s gonna be tough. I’ve got to be really cautious these next couple weeks. I don’t want to test positive. I don’t want to test positive. I don’t want to bring it back to my wife. It’s a tough situation we’re in.”
Trout said this before wearing a mask on the field that day.
To paraphrase Trout’s mom, if Mike Trout can wear a mask while running the bases, now you can wear a shirt with him wearing a mask while running the bases, thanks to our friends at BreakingT.