Mike Trout & Twitter

Just got a BIG surprise in my email inbox:


That’s right . . . Mike Trout is now following me on Twitter! And look! Moments later, I got another email notification:


I had to make sure that my eyes were not deceiving me, so I clicked on his profile, and sure enough, it’s legit:


Wow. Right?

When I caught Trout’s first career home run on 7/24/11 at Camden Yards, I knew it was a big deal, but I had no idea how big. He was 19 years old at the time, hovering around the Mendoza line, and okay, yeah, he was the No. 1 prospect in all of baseball — rated even higher than Bryce Harper — but so what? There’ve been countless “can’t miss” prospects who have failed in spectacular fashion.

Anyway, after that game, I gave the ball back to Trout, no questions asked. All I wanted to do was hand it to him myself and get a photo and maybe get to chat for a minute or two. All of that stuff happened. And it was pretty damn cool.

Do I have any regrets about not keeping that ball? Umm, yeah. Duh! I’m human. I’ll always wonder “what if” and torment myself about how much it would now be worth, but hey, whatever. At the time, I was just excited to have caught the ball, and giving it back felt right. It feels even better now that Trout still recognizes me and appreciates my gesture. If I were to sell the ball for $1 million, it still wouldn’t be worth as much as having a unique, personal connection to a good dude who happens to be the best baseball player on the planet.


  1. Zack Hample

    That’s funny. I have a friend who got followed by Chuck Knoblauch — and then bought a shirt that said something like, “Chuck Knoblauch follows me.”

  2. Mike

    i think your last paragraph says it perfectly; you have a unique connection with the best baseball player on the planet. the story of you catching that ball is worth a lot more that the ball itself.

  3. Bryan

    Second best player on the planet. You forgot about a guy named Miggy who just happened to beat Trout out for the last 2 MVPs and hit for the first Triple Crown in a half century.

  4. Zack Hample

    Thanks. Glad you agree. In a way, catching a valuable home run ball is a no-win situation. You’re an idiot if you give it back, and you’re greedy if you keep it.

    Miguel Cabrera was the best *hitter* on the planet for the last two seasons, but he’s not the best overall player. A strong case could also be made that he didn’t deserve the MVP Awards, even in his Triple Crown season. And right now he’s slumping.

  5. jvfuentes

    Anyone who wants to compare Cabrera with Trout should start by looking back at Cabrera’s first two seasons and comparing them to what Trout has done so far, and they will see…there is NO comparison. Plus, keep in mind Cabrera works in the AL Central.

  6. Dianne Gomez

    I’m one of your biggest fans, but what is wrong with your hitting? For the last 5 games, you haven’t hit.. What is wrong? Hope you do good, real soon!!

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