Sunday, August 2, 2015

Trout on his first night in Philly

Trout on his first night in Philly

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By Phil Anastasia

Mike Trout seemed overwhelmed by the reaction of the fans in his first game in Citizens Bank Park.

He knew the Millville fans in the crowd would be cheering.

But what touched Trout, the star outfielder for the Los Angeles Angels, was how many Phillies fans rose to their feet to applaud when he was introduced before his first at bat.

"It was an unbelievable feeling," Trout said in the Angels' clubhouse after the game. "To get an ovation like that, it means a lot to me."

Trout was 1-for-5 with a single and also reached base on an error in the Angels' 4-3 win over the Phillies on Tuesday night.

"I've been chasing a little bit," Trout said. "I've been getting myself out . . . got a base hit up the middle, that's good."

Trout said he recognized several fans when he looked into the stands.

"It was cool seeing some people I hadn't seen in a while," Trout said.

He said he joked and talked with fans every inning.

"I was joking with them, they were giving it back to me," Trout said.

Trout said he got "chills" from the ovations from the fans, especially when so many spectators rose to their feet before his first at-bat.

"You feel welcome," Trout said. "It was just an unbelievable feeling for me. It means so much to me."

Trout also noted that Phillies fans cheered when he struck out.

"That's baseball," Trout said. "They're going to cheer for their team."

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Born and raised in South Jersey, Phil Anastasia prefers standing on the sidelines at high school football games on Friday nights to sitting in the press box at Eagles games on Sunday afternoons. He’s a graduate of Rowan University with a degree in English. Reach Phil at panastasia@phillynews.com.

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