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Mike Trout has a fan in Ryan Howard

May 13, 2014, 12:48 PM EDT

Mike Trout, the pride of Millville, N.J. (see story), and the brightest young star in baseball, comes to Citizens Bank Park with the Los Angeles Angels for a two-game series beginning Tuesday night.

Trout, 22, is on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week.

In his two full seasons in the majors, he has been American League Rookie of the Year and finished second in the MVP voting to Miguel Cabrera twice.

He’s a once-in-a-lifetime talent, but you’ve probably already heard that, or seen it, a time or two.

Trout, who plays center field for Mike Scioscia’s Angels, will have plenty of fans in the stands Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon.

He will have one in the Phillies’ dugout, as well.

“I think we’re all fans of each other,” said Ryan Howard, himself a former Rookie of the Year and MVP winner. “All we’ve been able to do is hear about him because we never play against them.”

Read more on the Phillies from Comcast SportsNet by clicking here.

Interleague play brings the Trout — and don’t forget Albert Pujols (10 homers, 26 RBIs in his first 36 games) — to town. The Phillies are coming off a terrible loss in New York on Sunday. They blew a three-run lead in the ninth and lost, 5-4, in 11 innings to the Mets (see story).

“We’re not looking at one guy, we’re looking at an entire team,” Howard said. “We need to regroup and pull it together and get ready for the entire Angels team, not just Trout.”

Howard conceded that Trout is special.

And what impresses Howard most about Trout?

“I would say his poise,” Howard said. “I think the way he’s handled himself with all the attention and the hype, just the way he’s carried himself, it’s impressive. I’m not one to throw the age thing around, but for being so young, he’s handled everything like a true veteran with a lot of maturity.”

  1. mustbechris - May 13, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    Jim Salisbury, huh? Salisbury and Baer? You’re outnumbered, Calcaterra. The Phillies have taken over this website.

    • phillphan - May 13, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      Please, Jim, tell me you didn’t join this site as a contributor. You are way too talented and intelligent to join the rest of these hacks.

      • toodrunktotastethischicken - May 13, 2014 at 2:02 PM

        Then why are you on this site?

  2. dluxxx - May 13, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    What the hell is this? Is HBT being co-opted by the mainstream media?

    Did Craig get axed for his stance on MLB’s purchasing of stolen documents?

  3. El Bravo - May 13, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    Usurper Jim Salisbury. [throws leach filled with king's blood into fire]

    • yahmule - May 13, 2014 at 5:04 PM

      Aw, you in trouble now, Jim…

  4. apkyletexas - May 13, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    I’m the biggest McCutchen fan, but I think Trout would have 2 MVP’s already if he were playing for a National League club instead of the Angels.

    • Reflex - May 13, 2014 at 2:53 PM

      He shoulda had two in the AL. If the Angels had made the playoffs I think he would have.

      • echech88 - May 13, 2014 at 4:05 PM

        I don’t know. There was a really strong sentiment for the RBIs and Dingers for Cabrera. Lot of writers don’t look past that even had the Angels been good.

  5. moogro - May 13, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Millville, NJ is only 42 miles away from CBP.

    Millville Phillies of Philadephia.

    • deepstblu - May 13, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      And tonight is Millville Night at CBP. What a coincidence! (The city of Millville claims to have sold 4,000 tickets to the game, and it has been estimated that about 2,000 more people from that area have bought tickets elsewhere.)

  6. peddealer - May 13, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Only a moron votes McCutch over Trout in NL MVP hypothetical vote…

    Coming from 30 year Ranger fan, I love and hate watching him. he is a ranger killer big time!

  7. hittfamily - May 13, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    One Subway spokesman is a fan of another? Shocking!

    I bet they are both fan’s of Michael Phelps, Nastia Liuken, and eating fresh too. What’s next? Next Month’s Wheatie’s cover is a fan of this month’s? An article on how the cast of Glee watches the Simpsons?

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