Mike Trout loves weather. The fouler the better. He loves to watch it, chart it, predict it, talk about it. Probably loves to hunt in it. Run around in it. Catch it on his tongue in the winter. Surely, he’d play ball in it too, if he had to, if he played somewhere other than in Southern California. He has friends who are meteorologists, because he really loves weather.
For a guy who never changes, who shows up every day the same guy, the same teammate, the same hitter, he sure does love weather.
Know what he hates?
Weather, from seat 10D.
Bring the wind and rain, the thick black clouds, hail the size of scented candles, the stormier the better, as long as everyone is safe and secure. But keep that stuff away from his freakin’ airplane.
“I do not,” he said, “like turbulence.”
Houston ✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️!!— Mike Trout (@MikeTrout) August 24, 2020
The Los Angeles Angels arrived in Houston on Sunday evening. You’d know that if you followed him on Twitter. Just as you would have known the Angels were in the Bay Area before that, and Texas the first week of August and Seattle before Texas and Oakland to start the season. Because Trout’s signature move on social media is to name the city to which the Angels are headed, that followed by four or five airplane emojis and then an exclamation point or three. And you’d think to yourself, “That Mike Trout sure does love to fly.”
Depends, really. He likes to fly like most of us, aerophobically speaking, which is to fly when it does not feel like flying, when it’s sitting in your living room until the thump of wheels on concrete.
“I mean, you can ask any of my fellow teammates over there,” Trout said. “But, I already told [Justin Upton] that if we play Wednesday and there’s a hurricane close, we’re driving six hours west and then we’re flying somewhere. I’m not taking off in a hurricane, I’ll tell you that.”
He laughed without conviction.
The Angels were scheduled to play four games in Houston, Monday through Thursday, before returning to Anaheim. Weather is coming, however. Tropical Storm Laura is due to come in off the Gulf on Wednesday night into Thursday morning. The Angels and Astros, therefore, have reworked the schedule. They will play a doubleheader Tuesday, then play a day game Wednesday, serious consideration given the Astros play under a retractable roof. The Angels would fly out Wednesday evening.
Trout checked in with Jim Cantore, his buddy from The Weather Channel, and got the good/bad news.
“Yesterday when I got in it looked like the track was going to like Louisiana,” Trout said. “The overnight models look like it’s trending a little west, and it’s coming toward us. I gotta talk to some of my weather guys. Cantore might be coming to Houston. I got a text this morning. So, you know when Cantore comes to Houston or comes to a spot, that means he’s right in ground zero. Hopefully we can play a couple games and be able to get out. You know my fear of flying, we better not be taking off in no hurricane, I’ll tell you that. I won’t.”
He laughed. Sort of.
By that Wednesday afternoon game, with Jim Cantore on the ground and Laura approaching, there’ll be a baseball game to play, to win, and there’ll be an airplane to catch. That’s some of his favorite stuff right there. Just, you know, not all at once.
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