Trout's family, friends show support in Baltimore

Trout's family, friends show support in Baltimore

BALTIMORE -- The Angels are here, and that means the people of Millville, N.J., have traveled in droves to see hometown hero Mike Trout up close.

It's become an annual tradition.

Trout left out 10 tickets for family and friends to make the two-hour drive west. He estimated that about 200 of them showed up, making up six buses. Also here is J.J. Hardy, the Orioles shortstop that was robbed of a home run by Trout on June 27 of last year, a victim of arguably the greatest play in 2012.

Trout didn't keep the ball from that game, but a picture of it hangs in the basement-turned-man-cave he dwells in at his parents' house.

"Every time I see J.J., he messes with me and stuff," Trout said.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.