Mike Trout's hometown team is in the World Series. Will he ever play for Phillies?

Angels star Mike Trout uses a Philadelphia Eagles hat while participating in a video game in between the Eagles and Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field on Oct. 16. (Rich Schultz / Associated Press)

It was the Nightmare on Katella Avenue, and not simply for one night. For the lion’s share of a years, the Angels and their fans sweated and feared the worry that Mike Trout would take his skills to South Philly. Trout would go house and win huge, and the Angels would be stranded in purgatory.

In reality, there was a twist. The Philadelphia Phillies did get a center fielder from the Angels, and they did win huge. Trout and the Angels stay in purgatory.

On Monday, as the Phillies play their very first World Series house video game considering that Trout’s senior year of high school, their center fielder is anticipated to be Brandon Marsh.

“God works in mysterious ways,” Marsh stated.

Trout, the three-time American League most important gamer, has actually played 11 complete seasons without winning a postseason video game. Marsh, in his very first complete season, has actually won 10 in the last 24 days.

Marsh stated he was surprised to be traded from the Angels in August, blessed to be in the World Series, and grateful to Trout. After the Phillies clinched their World Series berth, Marsh stated Trout sent out a congratulatory text.

“He’s been a great role model for me,” Marsh stated. “He is a guy that I would like to have in my corner for as long as I can. That’s a dude I look up to for sure, on and off the field.

“Trouty is as good as it gets, as a person and player. He is one of a kind.”

Mike Trout celebrates with teammates after hitting a solo home run against the Oakland Athletics on Oct. 5.

Mike Trout commemorates with colleagues after striking a solo crowning achievement versus the Oakland Athletics on Oct. 5. (Godofredo A. Vásquez / Associated Press)

He is whatever you might desire in a home town hero, yet he picked not to come house.

In 2013, in the past Trout had actually even turned 21, Philadelphia publication virtually drooled at the possibility of Trout getting home some day.

The publication dutifully kept in mind how Trout returned every winter season to his home town of Millville, N.J., about 45 miles from the Phillies’ ballpark, how his typical order at Jim’s Diner was “six burgers, no cheese, just Jim’s special sauce,” and how an 8-year-old called Theo had actually ended up being “something of a schoolyard celebrity” due to the fact that Theo’s moms and dads purchased Trout’s old household house and Theo found he was oversleeping Trout’s old bed room.

As the publication put it: “Trout in a Phillies uniform is a dream that even he had trouble waking up from; in 2009, after he’d already become an Angel, he yelled to his father from his bedroom, “We got Roy Halladay!”

In fairness, Trout was 6 months out of high school, his Angels profession at that point restricted to 44 minors video games in Tempe, Ariz. and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

He remained in the Futures Game in 2010, the big leagues in 2011, and the All-Star Game in 2012. He will remain in the Hall of Fame 5 years after he retires.

Said Roy Hallenbeck, Trout’s high school coach: “People thought how great it would be to bring him home.”

Trout never ever went house, or anywhere else, or perhaps enabled himself the opportunity to think about other groups.

In 2014, 4 seasons prior to he might have ended up being a complimentary representative, he signed a $144.5-million agreement extension with the Angels. In 2019, 2 seasons prior to he once again might have ended up being a complimentary representative, he exchanged the last 2 years of that very first huge agreement for an even larger one: 12 years and $426.5 million.

Three weeks previously, the Phillies had actually signed Bryce Harper. In turn, Harper informed a Philadelphia radio station, “If you don’t think I’m gonna call Mike Trout to come to Philly in 2020, you’re crazy.”

Could the Phillies have paid for Harper and Trout? If the San Diego Padres might manage Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. for $640 million in among the tiniest markets in the big leagues, the big-market Phillies definitely might have purchased Harper and Trout for another $100 million.

“Can you imagine Trout and Harper on the same team? Man, that would be amazing,” stated Tim Shannon, a previous mayor of Millville.

At the press conference to reveal his massive offer, Trout and his partner Jessica sat underneath a massive red banner: the word commitment showed in huge letters, with a halo above the A.

Mike Trout watches the 2022 MLB All-Star Game home run derby with his son, Beckham, at Dodger Stadium on July 18.

Mike Trout views the 2022 MLB All-Star Game crowning achievement derby with his child, Beckham, at Dodger Stadium on July 18. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

“He’s pretty true,” stated Shannon, who has actually understood the Trout household for years. “He doesn’t waver much. He doesn’t have a lot to say, but he goes out there and plays hard every day.

“I think he’s got that salt-of-the-Earth mentality. If somebody takes care of him, he’s going to be loyal to them.”

Fans in Millville idea Trout would come house to play, however he did not. Fans throughout the big leagues believed Trout would require a trade from the Angels, however he has not.

Shannon thinks the only method Trout would leave Anaheim would be if the Angels concerned him and asked him to authorize a trade so they might “get some ballplayers into the system.”

Said Shannon: “If he ever came to Philly, I’d have to re-mortgage the house to get season tickets.”

For today, a minimum of, the great folks of Millville need not divide their commitments in between the Angels and the Phillies.

“The fan base out here is absolutely crazy with excitement,” Hallenbeck stated. “Everything on the news and social media is all about the Phillies.”

Hallenbeck is the uncommon Millville citizen who is not definitely insane with enjoyment. He may bleed Angels red, however not Phillies red.

“I’m a Mets fan,” he stated, chuckling. “No, this is not really a great time for me.”

This story initially appeared in Los Angeles Times.

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