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Watch Mike Trout’s first career walk-off home run

May 16, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

Angels down 5-3 with two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth inning. Perfect time for Mike Trout‘s first career walk-off home run:

I think the Angels might have something in this kid.

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  1. jarathen - May 16, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    It was great to see after he (and Pujols) basically dragged the Angels down through the entire road trip, though Trout did still manage walks.

    The heat maps all say go high on Trout, reliever went low, gone. This season sure has felt much better than the last few for Angels fans.

    • asimonetti88 - May 16, 2014 at 11:07 AM

      4 games over .500… not lighting the league on fire but after the last few years it’s a great way to be moving!

  2. DelawarePhilliesFan - May 16, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    No bat flip?

  3. anythingbutyanks - May 16, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    The pitcher didn’t even bother to watch it. Just started his long slow trip back to the dugout.

  4. coryfor3 - May 16, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Wait- I thought Mike Trout was on the downside of his career now and all the pitchers had “figured him out.” Well, I guess a blind squirrel finds an acorn every now and again, right?

    • jarathen - May 16, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      Everything I’ve read says that pitchers have identified a weakness in his approach, and that Trout will need to work through that. And that he probably will. He said himself his swing was getting too long and he needed to shorten up a little bit, which would help him on the up and in pitches that are killing him.

  5. moogro - May 16, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    I have a new theory that acceptable behaviour according to the invisible macho rules after home runs is that you can express yourself with pursed lips. Kind of like preparing for a car crash. Doing it with a bat flip, or with the eyes, mouth too open or any exclamation, or too much head turn, especially more than 15 feet out of the box (or staying more than 1.5 seconds in the box), having your hands go above the shoulders or more than 2.5 feet from your sides are all not right. Basically, follow this video. Arms at your side, get chugging, don’t look too much, express through the lips.

  6. unclemosesgreen - May 16, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    You are allowed to soundlessly mouth “Woo!” as you turn the bases at a quick (but not too quick) pace.

    But do your best not to betray too much happiness, lest you and your teammates be subjected to spheroid retribution.

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