No, Angels were not trolling Phillies by serving cheesesteaks to media
The press food served by the Los Angeles Angels for their spring training game on Tuesday led to quite a reaction on social media.
The Angels served cheesesteaks in the press box for their game against the Colorado Rockies. Considering the meal was served on the same day the team reportedly signed Mike Trout to a huge contract extension, many thought it was a troll job against the Philadelphia Phillies.
As wonderful of a thought as that is to consider, reporter Jeff Fletcher shot it down, saying it was merely an amusing coincidence.
(Obviously the Angels aren't actually trolling the Phillies. They've had the cheesesteaks a few other times this spring and certainly didn't arrange for them today. I just found it an amusing coincidence.)
— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) March 19, 2019
What had people thinking it was a troll job aimed at the Phillies? Trout is from Millville, New Jersey and grew up rooting for Philly sports teams. The Phillies were expected to make a major effort to sign Trout after the 2020 season, with Bryce Harper leading the recruitment effort.
All that interest from the Phillies probably helped drive up the price for Trout, who is now signed with the Angels for the next 12 seasons.