Meteorologist Jim Cantore sent Mike Trout his very own weather balloon
When Mike Trout wasn't pushing giant tractor tires through strips of turf this offseason, he was moonlighting as a Weather Channel correspondent for the massive snowstorm that throttled the East Coast last month.
As you probably know by now, Trout is a weather geek, with aspirations of becoming the next Jim Cantore whenever this whole baseball thing is over with -- and Cantore is helping to make that happen. The noted weather expert recently sent Trout his own weather balloon, which uses a small measuring device to track information on things like temperature, humidity and wind speed.
"I'm really excited about that," Trout said, with a big smile on his face, before the Angels' first full-squad workout on Wednesday.
Trout doesn't know all that much about advanced analytics -- "I've been here a couple years now," he said, "and I still haven't figured out what that stuff means" -- but he's all about that atmospheric pressure. He goes on every website, checks every radar and hardly even sleeps whenever unusual weather reaches his hometown of Millville, N.J.
While calling into The Weather Channel during that massive snowstorm on Jan. 23, Trout said he was "up every hour checking the measurements." That wasn't an exaggeration.
"My girlfriend tells me that I'm crazy, because I'm up every hour, just seeing the snow fall," Trout said. "I like this stuff, man. I like thunderstorms. Obviously tornadoes are bad, because they wipe out towns and cities, but I enjoy watching them."