Mike Trout hits homer, robs homer, gives Opening Day tutorial on 'How to follow up MVP season'
In 2014, Mike Trout ran, jumped, dove, swung, swam, flew, teleported and mashed a .287/.377/.561 slash line on his way to his first American League MVP Award. It was a performance that demanded an encore in 2015. There was a lot of pressure to see how the Fish God himself would follow up his award-winning season.
So what did Trout do in Monday's game against the Mariners? He hit a home run in his first at-bat, naturally:
Mike Trout, picking up in 2015 right where he left off: Making aces like Felix Hernandez say "Aw, shucks." Will 2015 be a continuation of Trout's success against King Felix? In 54 at-bats heading into Monday (the most against any pitcher), Trout hit .367/.389/.633 against the Mariner's No. 1 starter.
But Trout wasn't content with simply his own homer. In the eighth inning, he took away a Mariners' home run, leaping to rob Logan Morrison:
And so concludes Trout's soon-to-be-bestselling tutorial titled 'How to follow up an MVP season.'
Also, a word to the wise: Trout hit a home run in his first at-bat of 2014, too. Just sayin'.