It didn't take Mike Trout long to establish himself as one of the best all around players — if not the best — in the major leagues.
But it's clear that the Angels outfielder and reigning American League Rookie of the Year hasn't forgotten his roots.Millville (N.J.)
, Trout's alma mater, honored the 2009 grad on Monday by officially naming the baseball field after him in a ceremony held atop the Empire State Building.As reported in March
, Trout has been working with BODYARMOR SuperDrink to upgrade the school's batting cage and field, which was part of the reason the school decided to honor him.
He was present for the dedication ceremony for Mike Trout Field along with his parents, 14 current or former Millville baseball players and his high school coach, Roy Hallenbeck.
"For me, being able to give back is something special and an honor," Trout told MLB.com
. "So to give the kids, the coaches and my high school every opportunity to succeed with a better field, better cage, it's very important to me. And then having them all here today for this just makes the whole thing even better."
The plan was to have the dedication ceremony at Mike Trout Field, but the All-Star's schedule made that impossible. Instead they shifted gears and held the ceremony in New York during the Angels' four-game series with the Yankees.
"This whole day is just awesome," said former Millville graduate Emilio Santiago. "But back home, we get a lot of players — even on rival teams — that are standing on base in a crucial moment of a big game, and they're talking to you asking about how he is, what's he like as a person, all that kind of stuff. Now to have the field dedicated to him, it's well-deserved and, for me, it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience to be a part of it all."