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Chris Sale smashes a bat after giving up tying grand slam to Mike Trout (GIF)

Chris Sale was dominating the Angels for seven innings on Saturday, and then the wheels completely came off in the eighth. Needless to say, Sale was not happy about how things quickly changed and he decided to grab a bat and smash things up after surrendering a tying grand slam to Mike Trout.

Sale didn’t allow his first hit until the fifth and only allowed one walk and one hit through six innings as the White Sox were cruising up 5-0. Sale allowed two more hits in the 7th, but still had a shutout and 5-0 lead through 7 innings. He gave up a single, double, got a fielder’s choice but there was an error, and then he gave up another single to load up the bases for Trout.

Trout got down 0-2, worked it to a full count, and then took a 3-2 changeup at the shins and bashed it out for a game-tying grand slam. That might have been the at-bat of the season.

Sale was finally pulled after the grand slam, and the first thing he did was grab a bat and bash it in the tunnel leading to the clubhouse.

Chris Sale bat

Apparently he has a fairly well known temper:

Of course, we post all this without sharing Hawk Harrelson’s depressing call of the grand slam:

GIF via @nick_pants, video via @cjzero

Mike Trout helps high schooler ask girlfriend to prom

Mike-Trout-Phone-Number-PrankIt looks like Gio Gonzalez opened the door for high schoolers across America earlier this month when he helped a kid ask his girlfriend to the prom. On Sunday, Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout dished out an assist to a teenaged fan via Twitter.

Trout, who is from New Jersey, helped a high schooler from his home state sweep his girlfriend off her feet by sending her a tweet. Tim Moraski must have been pretty persistent to get Trout to help him out.

Naturally, young Emily was ecstatic and accepted the invitation.

A number of bloggers have already criticized Moraski for asking his girlfriend to the prom over Twitter, but that was only part of the plan. Let the man do his work.

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Mike Trout hits first career walk-off home run (Video)

So much for that slump, huh?

Mike Trout AngelsThere were several published reports the past few days about Mike Trout’s May struggles and high strikeout rates, and the Angels youngster showed all those writers where they could shove their articles by clubbing a 3-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning Thursday off Brad Boxberger to give the Angels a 5-4 win over the Rays.

For all the amazing things Trout has done in his career — robbing home runs, hitting home runs, stealing bases and winning awards — the one thing he hadn’t done was hit a walk-off. And he just checked that off the list.

Trout now has 8 home runs and an .888 OPS for the season. Most teams wish they could have a player slumping like that.

Oh, and if I happened to drop dead or the world were nuked today, I could go away peacefully with this as the last post on LBS. Seriously, a Mike Trout walk-off might just be the perfect exit.

Mike Trout got his mom Debbie a car for Mother’s Day

Mike Trout Debbie new car

As if Mike Trout doesn’t already have enough going for him on the baseball field, now he can add “perfect son” to his resume.

Trout’s mother, Debbie, shared the above photo on Twitter Friday to let everyone know what her son got her as an early Mother’s Day present:

That looks like an Infinity SUV, which is a pretty sweet gift under any circumstance. And how awesome is it to get a car with one of those gigantic bows and red ribbons around the hood? That’s just how it looks in the commercials.

Man, I’d love to have that happen. I think everyone needs to experience that in life: seeing a new car sitting in the driveway with a big red bow as a present. How can it get better than that?

Oh, and just because Trout is the best player in baseball doesn’t mean that he’s filthy rich and able to just spread money around like it’s nothing. Sure, he has a national deal with Subway among others, but he’s only making $1 million this season after earning $510,000 last season. His signing bonus upon being drafted was $1.215 million, though he did recently agree to a massive contract extension with the Angels.

Life is good for the Trouts.

Oh, and the story isn’t over. Apparently they have a good sense of humor in the family. Check out what Mike’s brother, Tyler, tweeted to his mom in response:

Now that is brilliant!

Mike Trout poses with the biggest hunk of beef you’ll see

Mike Trout steak meat

How does Mike Trout celebrate a new six-year, $144.5 million contract extension? By going out to a steak house and getting the biggest hunk of beef you’ll ever see.

Trouty was out to dinner with teammate Garrett Richards, and Richards’ girlfriend Alexis shared this photo of the two men holding those giant cuts of meat. According to Alexis, that’s 12 oz of bone, 10oz of fat and 36 ounces of meat. Wow.

Trouty can probably take it down with no problem.

Albert Pujols thinks he’s above Mike Trout comparisons

Albert-Pujols-Angels-slumpMike Trout has had better overall production than Albert Pujols with the Los Angeles Angels over the past two seasons, but Albert Pujols is still Albert Pujols. The 34-year-old slugger is one of the greatest hitters to ever play. He’s also the only player in MLB history to bat at least .300 with at least 30 home runs and 100 RBI in his first 10 seasons.

Trout, who has been healthier than Pujols in recent years, has established himself as one of the best players in the game. That doesn’t mean he can be compared to Pujols just yet, and Albert was beyond offended when a reporter asked him earlier this offseason if he is motivated to put up the same numbers as Trout.

“Can you imagine someone saying that to me?” Pujols told USA Today Sports when recalling the question. “I felt like saying, ‘Come on, are you serious? Are you really asking me that? Check out my numbers. I know what Mike Trout has done in his first two years is pretty special, but will you look at my numbers. I’ve been doing this for almost 14 years.’

“The only guy in baseball who can match the numbers I’ve put up is Barry Bonds, and someone is actually asking if I can put up numbers like Mike Trout? Are you freaking kidding me?”

While Pujols certainly has a point, the fact that he and Trout share the same locker room makes his reaction a bit awkward. You can understand his not wanting to be compared to a 22-year-old kid, but that kid is his teammate. It’s not like Pujols was compared to some minor leaguer in the Miami Marlins’ system.

“He’s a great kid who always wants to learn and is so humble,” Pujols says. “But if it takes someone comparing me to Mike Trout to motivate me, it’s time for me to get out of the game.”

Relax, big fella. Pujols’ foot injury has scared Angels fans to the point where they are already starting to call his massive contract a mistake. If Trout is still Trout in 2014 and Pujols can get back to being Pujols, the Angels have a chance to make a run in the American League.

H/T Big League Stew

Mike Trout on record pay: It makes me feel good about Angels

Mike Trout Angels

This time last year Mike Trout and his agent were upset with the Los Angeles Angels for low-balling him on his team-designated salary for the season. A year later, the Angels have more than made up with Trout by giving him a record salary for a pre-arbitration player.

The Angels and Trout agreed Wednesday to a one-year, $1 million deal for 2014. The amount tops the $900,000 the Phillies paid Ryan Howard in 2007 and makes Trout the highest-paid pre-arb player in MLB history.

Teams control players for their first six years in the league and get to designate the player’s salary for the first three seasons, so long as the amount is at least the minimum. Players become arbitration-eligible for seasons 4-6, which allows them the chance to begin making more money. They can hit free agency after six years in the bigs. It’s expected that a player’s salary will rise each year they’re in the majors (as long as they’re producing), but a salary bump for Trout of nearly double his 2013 pay was not expected.

“For Arte (Moreno) and the Angels going out of their way … you know they could have easily paid me the league minimum — or whatever they wanted to do — but they stepped out and gave me a million, and I’m happy for it. It makes you feel good about the organization,” Trout said during a visit with ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight” crew on Thursday.

“Yeah I’m happy where I’m at right now. Happy to be here and excited for the year,” Trout said.

This is a great sign for the Angels. Not only was Trout unhappy with the Angels last year for only paying him $20,000 above the league minimum last year, but he also made some indications that he might be willing to leave the team in free agency. He might still be interested in doing that, but at least the Angels are working hard to smooth things over with their franchise player.

There’s another good sign between Trout and the team. Trout said during the “Baseball Tonight” interview that he feels comfortable in center field and is happy to be starting the season there now that Peter Bourjos has been traded. Last year they moved him to left to start the season even though he was spectacular in center the year before. Trout did not play well defensively in left but he regained his MVP-type form after Bourjos got hurt, leading him to move back to his preferred position.