Mike Trout Takes Millville Team to the Top of New York City

Mike Trout took the Millville High School baseball team to the top of one of the world's most famous skyscrapers.

It was just another head-shaking, awe-inspiring experience for the Millville baseball community since Trout became one of Major League Baseball's best players.

Trout and the Millville Thunderbolts visited the 86th floor observatory deck of the Empire State Building to celebrate the remodeling and the renaming of the high school's baseball field.  Trout, a graduate of the Millville Babe Ruth League program and Millville High School in southern New Jersey, now stars for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.  Trout and BODYARMOR, a Sports Drink Trout endorses, teamed up to renovate the Millville field.

Trout feels it is important to give back something special.  Millville is home.  It's special for Trout and special for them.TroutNewYork

The players and Trout posed for pictures.  They even downed a few sports drinks for the cameras.  Tourists, many of them from other countries, looked on and took video with their cell phones.  Many wanted to know which one was the famous baseball player.

The Thunderbolts made a day of it.  Millville head baseball coach Roy Hallenbeck, his assistant coaches and 14 players planned to visit the 9/11 Memorial and then watch Trout play the Yankees.  Many of them had never visited New York or had been there just once as youngsters.  It was hard to say what was more important to the players - seeing the sites of New York or meeting Trout.

Trout walked into the lobby of the Empire State Building with his parents.  He greeted his old coaches and then shook hands with all the players, many of whom had looks of awe.  Just a few years ago, some of the players were teammates of Trout. 

Since Trout left Millville, his coaches and former teammates have been to the studios of the Major League Baseball Network to watch him get drafted.  They've been to All-Star Games and to California to watch him play.  They've seen Trout play in famous stadiums such as Fenway Park and Camden Yards. 

When Mike Trout was asked about his charitable interest, the first thing that came out of his mouth was that he wanted to give back to Millville.  The renovations to the field in Millville included a new batting cage, infield sod, the reconstruction of home plate and the pitching mound and the painting of the dugouts.  The Millville Board of Education voted to rename the field after Trout.  But to the Millville players and coaches, the thought that Trout wanted to do something for them is what counts most.

BODYARMOR gave $10,000, and did all the work on the field.  Trout donated the $20,000 bonus he received for being the American League Rookie of the Year last season to the project.