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.
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
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
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
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
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.