After Kole Calhoun led off with a single, Trout smashed a two-run homer off Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez to give the Angels an early edge at home.
ESPN Stats & Info highlighted the success Trout has had versus Hernandez:
Mike Trout is now hitting .410 in 39 AB vs Felix Hernandez after that HR. Watch Mariners-Angels here http://t.co/rDnOL55B6t— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 1, 2014
Trout just signed a massive six-year contract extension, and Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports outlined the negotiations that went into it:
Sources: Angels' original offer to Mike Trout was six years, $140M. He countered with six years, $153M. Final deal was six years, $144.5M.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 29, 2014
Renowned sports personality Jim Rome weighed in on Trout's Opening Day dinger:
$144.5M? Mike Trout hits a two-runner in his first AB of the season. He should go back in and ask for more.— Jim Rome (@jimrome) April 1, 2014
Trout asked fans before the game began if they were ready:
Evidently, he was.
To say the least, the 22-year-old prodigy continues to live up to the hype. The big money coming his way is not causing Trout to let up thus far, and he should be in for yet another strong season.
There is no doubt that Trout is the prototypical five-tool player who has made a seamless transition to the big leagues and should keep shining as a perennial All-Star for years to come. Anaheim's loaded roster is bound to bounce back after missing the playoffs in four previous years if Trout's form stays consistent.