We’ve officially reached the point where any rumored amazing feat performed by Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout is believable. If someone told you Trout discovered the cure for the common cold, or became the first human to make contact with extraterrestrials, you would at least consider it for a few seconds.
It’s starting to get to a point where Trout’s feats on the baseball field aren’t good enough. Take Thursday, for example. With the bases loaded with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Angels up by just one run, Trout had another opportunity to shine.
Ike Davis hit a ball to deep center, giving A’s fans a brief feeling of hope before they realized who plays out there for Los Angeles. Trout dashed back, leapt and made a fantastic catch on the warning track.
Here’s the thing, though. By Trout standards, this probably doesn’t rank among his best defensive plays. In fact, we can think of at least two or three catches that would top this one.
Let’s consider the alternative here. What if this was a difficult catch? You know, the type of play only a select few center fielders are able to make. What if Mike Trout is just so darn good that he makes this insane play look routine?
We’re going to lean that way for now. Trout has done so many amazing things on a ball field that even his great plays are starting to look routine. Until he proves to be mortal, we aren’t going to doubt him.
In fact, maybe he’s not mortal. At this point, we’d probably believe it.
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