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Trout catches grouper

Jan 15, 2013, 8:54 AM EST

You know it’s the offseason because some player’s girlfriend tweeted something interesting and I’m running with it. From the Twitter feed of Mike Trout‘s girlfriend, Jessica Cox:

From a USA Today story describing the fish:

Trout, his girlfriend and his brother scored big this weekend in Key West, Fla., reeling in a grouper they claim is 500 or 550 pounds, depending on who’s describing the massive catch.

When old school baseball writers are describing the fish Mike Trout caught they claim it was only 30 pounds and that Miguel Cabrera caught a bigger one.  In contrast, sabermetric writers describe it as a “great Leviathan,” and that “one of the wild suggestings linked with the Great Grouper was the unearthly conceit that it was ubiquitous; that he had actually been encountered in opposite latitudes at one and the same instant of time.”

  1. darthicarus - Jan 15, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Stephen Strasburg went fishing this off-season as well. He caught a 750-lb Great Grouper but had to put it back because he had reached his limit for the day.

    • coloradogolfcoupons - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:55 AM

      Never mind. I thought it said he caught a groupie, not a grouper…which is a male groupie playing for the other team.

  2. snowbirdgothic - Jan 15, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    I understand that the fish Miggy caught was more feared than Trout’s.

    • albertmn - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:46 AM

      Si, mother#@%&er!

      • snowbirdgothic - Jan 15, 2013 at 10:18 AM

        No, no.

        “Sea”.

  3. Jason @ IIATMS - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Actually, the fish timed his leap perfectly and landed himself in the boat. For his efforts, the fish was lauded as both “gritty and gutty” and even other boaters indicated that “that there fish plays the game the right way”.

    The talented grouper is now taking things one day at a time and not looking ahead to it’s next catch.

  4. Chris Fiorentino - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Actually Miggy’s fish was 600 lbs and Trout’s was 550 lbs. However, who cares about lbs? Lbs are overrated. In actuality, Miggy’s had 200 lbs of fat on it while Trout’s had only 110 lbs of fat so it was clearly the far better catch.

  5. Jason @ IIATMS - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Actually, it was not a grouper, it was yet another full size marlin discarded for a bag full of guppies.

    • snowbirdgothic - Jan 15, 2013 at 10:20 AM

      Jon Heyman just claimed that Jack Morris actually caught that fish.

  6. jarathen - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Behold, the Power of the Internet.

    I wonder what Tim Salmon was doing. Probably caught a sculpin.

  7. historiophiliac - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Punk!

    • cur68 - Jan 15, 2013 at 11:58 AM

      Now, now. Don’t be bitter. I’m sure the reason Miggy’s under-represented in the fish catching this off season probably has something to do with seasickness or the like. I’m sure he’s off hunting moose or something, safely on land, and will bag a big one. After all boats aren’t his natural position. But he’s such a tam player that he’d have taken boats if Fielder wanted moose. Then he’d probably have been ok there, save for getting clonked by the boom once or twice.

      Ahora esté muy, muy reservado. Alces de la caza de Miggy…si…

      • historiophiliac - Jan 15, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        Hall kaften. This is not about Miggy. Trout’s a punk. Harper’s a punk. Machado’s a punk. You can prefer those young guns, but some of us would rather have a guy with proven performance over time. Speed and youth are not always your friend.

      • cur68 - Jan 15, 2013 at 1:44 PM

        heh, heh, heh. Well, Miss, having trouble with the younger gentlemen and their quickness, eh? Proven performance issues, eh? Well, its true: the younger you are the more, er, erratic you tend to be, heh, heh, heh….

        Ok, since I’m >40 I’m gonna see it your way. Those young athletic guys ARE punks! Yeah! We brittle old bastards are where its at. We got the moves, the knowledge, the experience, oh yeah. Why if that was Ole Miggy on that boat he wouldn’t have needed all that help. He’d have finessed that guppy on board with nought but come-hither wrist-flick.

        Hey! Young punks! Get off Miggy’s boat!

      • historiophiliac - Jan 15, 2013 at 3:32 PM

        I see you get my meaning, sir.

      • cur68 - Jan 15, 2013 at 4:19 PM

        Its this monocle i wear. It allows me to See what other men cannot See.

  8. darthicarus - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Back in Jim Rice’s day fishermen had such sound fundamentals the fish caught themselves. Today’s fishermen obviously just don’t care enough.

  9. stex52 - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    How long have you been waiting for this article to happen, Craig?

  10. MattJanik - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    I heard the fist Miguel Cabrera caught was longer, taller AND wider than the fish trout caught. When you have a fish that leads in all three categories, it’s clearly the bigger catch, no matter what those computerized scales in your mom’s basement say!

    • paperlions - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:19 AM

      Miggy’s fish had a bigger mouth, more teeth, and a wider head, but wasn’t a particularly well rounded. Trout’s fish had a smaller head, but was longer, thicker, and heavier, providing far more meat….just being less impressive to look at.

  11. Old Gator - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Goliath grouper can be baked, broiled, barbecued, steamed, fried, sauteed, served as sushi or ceviche and it doesn’t matter. Delicious fish! You almost can’t ruin it. I envy those guys.

    My fave: coat the fillets with a mix of panko, Italian breadcrums, finely minced garlic, finely minced parsley, finely minced scallions or shallots and olive oil or melted butter (salt and pepper to taste), bake, serve with a lime-cilantro sauce with a sour cream, cream cheese, mayonnaise and fish stock base.

    Oh, Buddha….

    If I hadn’t already thawed the chicken breasts for my signature chicken au poive with crispy baked cauliflower salad tonight I might have been inspired to make it tonight. Ah well, tomorrow then.

    • Jason @ IIATMS - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      I’m in, Gator.

      • Old Gator - Jan 15, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        I’m not talking about hate, No, I’m talking about eight.

        Dinner at eight.

        Let’s eat!

        And he said the word…..

      • Old Gator - Jan 15, 2013 at 11:46 AM

        Coda: just had to run out to Publix because we used up the last of our nonfat half and half this morning and lo, guess what’s on special at the feesh counter?

        Eeeeeyep. You got it.

        Trout’s grouper must have already made it to market. Bought myself a couple of pounds of fillets; one fillet, cut into bite sized chunks, is already marinating in the lime juice, slivered onion, diced hot and sweet peppers and cilantro marinade for ceviche tonight. Will bve sprinkled with choclo, toasted giant Peruvian corn kernels, before serving. Got the rest of it in a dilute lemon juice bath until later today, when it will be drained, lightly salted and peppered and tightly wrapped in cellophane until just before dinner tomorrow.

        I admit that some of this is an overreaction to the Troll cookout scene in The Hobbit, but any excuse to get happy in the kitchen will do.

    • philliesblow - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:34 AM

      I prefer it with some fava beans and a nice chianti.

      • Old Gator - Jan 15, 2013 at 10:40 AM

        That’s funny. I was thinking about eating your wife.

  12. number42is1 - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    I heard that Harper caught one that was almost a full ton.. but it was a Clown fish, bro!

  13. deadeyedesign23 - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Jesus Christ was he fishing in the Savage Land?

  14. flosox - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Charter Captains = Scott Boras

    Realistically, you’re looking at closer to 350 lbs. But of course it comes with a 50 page report of how it’s actually 500 lbs.

  15. mojosmagic - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    I can see how he made a name for himself.

  16. awesomenar - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    That grouper was in the Best Shape of His Life!

  17. andreweac - Jan 15, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Trout also posted it on his Facebook page.

    Miggy’s catch was 200 lb lighter but had more intangibles. As such Miggy deserves the award.

  18. gosport474 - Jan 15, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Had it been Jack Morris, he would have fished to the score.

    • jarathen - Jan 15, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      500-lb grouper on a 501-lb line.

  19. forsch31 - Jan 15, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Rookie. Last season, Roy Halladay and Chris Carpenter both shot a caiman and saved a guy from an anaconda bite. This is like comparing Poe to Hemingway.

  20. chacochicken - Jan 15, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    I think Mike should offer it to the Dbacks for Justin Upton.

  21. hasbeen5 - Jan 15, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Good thing she didn’t call it by it’s more vernacular name, or we would have read a different article here.

  22. dexterismyhero - Jan 15, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Did they test the Gropuer for HGH yet? Looks pretty big to me. Artifishaly big!!

  23. anxovies - Jan 15, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Moby Grouper! See it now at selected theaters.

    Starring:
    Bobby Valentine as Captain Ahab
    Craig Calcaterra as Ishmael
    and introducing Mike Trout as Pequod.

    Sorry, no role for Jessica. Women on ships are bad luck.

    • anxovies - Jan 15, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      Sorry, Pequod was the name of the ship. Queequeg was the harpooner. Been a while since Am. Lit. 101.

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