Trout pumped to play in Fenway for first time

Trout pumped to play in Fenway for first time

Trout pumped to play in Fenway for first time
BOSTON -- Angels outfielder Mike Trout had been waiting to play at Fenway Park all season. The chance finally came on Tuesday in the series opener against the Red Sox.

"This was definitely on my list of stadiums I wanted to play in," Trout said. "Growing up as a kid watching it on TV, it's pretty neat. I know the history here, and playing with the Green Monster in left -- it's going to be fun."

Trout never made the trek to the 100-year-old ballpark when he was growing up in New Jersey. He plans on signing his name inside the Green Monster at some point during the three-game series.

"I'll probably take a walk out there tomorrow and check it out," Trout said on Tuesday.

Tuesday's game was also the first between the Angels and Red Sox this year. Trout took the opportunity before the game to catch up with Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks. The two played on the same Arizona Fall League team in 2011.

"He was my neighbor. We spent every day at each other's house, just playing video games, passing time," Middlebrooks said. "We'd ride to the field together. Good guy."

Trout, though, won't get to play against his fellow rookie. Middlebrooks is out for the season with a broken right wrist. He was hitting .288 with 15 homers and 54 RBIs before he was struck in the wrist by a 96-mph fastball on Aug. 10 against Cleveland.

"It kind of sucks that he got hit," Trout said. "It's baseball, though, and you're going to get hurt; the name of the game is staying healthy."

Middlebrooks counts Trout among his best friends in the Majors, and has been impressed by his play. Trout entered Tuesday's game with an American League-best .343 average, 24 homers, 70 RBIs and 39 stolen bases.

"He's awesome," Middlebrooks said. "He's one of the best athletes I've ever seen, and he's 21."