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'Iron Man' heckles Mike Trout

Sabermetrics nerds revere Mike Trout an advanced-stats super hero, but the Angels outfielder has been struggling a bit at the plate recently. Trout went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts for the first time in his career on Saturday and followed that performance up with another 0-fer on Sunday. Some of his Easter Day struggles might be attributed to the verbal musings of a certain genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist.

A Detroit fan dressed as Iron Man was seated just behind home plate for Sunday's Angels-Tigers matinee and made sure to get under Trout's ultra-fine 3-D knit alloy powered exoskeleton skin before his at-bat in the top of the 8th in a tight, 2-1 contest.

Iron Man Heckles Mike Trout

Trout grounded to third, stranding a runner in scoring position as the Tigers held on to their narrow lead and eventually took their second straight game (and the series) off Anaheim.

As for Trout, back-to-back 0-fers and five Ks in two games looks like the beginning of a bonafide slump, but we're pretty sure he'll be able to rest easy knowing that the tough weekend brought his average down to a measly .306. In fact, S.H.I.E.L.D. could probably use a 22-year-old outfielder who posts a .314/.403/.549 slash line on his way to 10 WAR a year.