Angel Stadium gets a life-size Trout bobblehead
ANAHEIM -- One Mike Trout stood next to the other Mike Trout and smiled his usual beaming smile. The other Mike Trout only nodded. Repeatedly.
The Angels unveiled their life-size, fully functional Mike Trout bobblehead in the left field Music Garden at Angel Stadium on Friday, the real Trout autographing the bobble's head and posing with his one-of-a-kind twin as fans snapped pictures.
"This is about the best bobblehead of me I've ever seen," Trout said. "This is awesome."
The bobblehead nodded.
Like Trout, the bobblehead stands 6-foot-2 -- a little over 6-foot-6 if you count the statue's base -- but its head is quite a bit larger than that of the Angels' center fielder.
"I don't think it can fit in my bedroom," Trout joked.
The bobblehead had been in the works since February, said Angels senior marketing manager John Rozak. It was created to honor Trout's 2014 American League Most Valuable Player Award. It takes 60-90 days to make a unique item like the life-size bobblehead, which arrived from China amid a shipment of normal-sized Garrett Richards bobbleheads.
Rozak said that down the road, he hopes there will be more life-size bobbleheads at Angel Stadium, "highlighting the Angels' history."
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