By Troy Gabaldon
I love baseball and I love movies. So obviously, I love movies that are about baseball. From “If you build it, he will come” in Field of Dreams to Crash Davis hitting dingers in Bull Durham to the Wild Thing throwing heat in Major League, I can’t get enough of movies about America’s pastime.
If I had to pick my all-time favorite, I would have to say it’s The Natural with Robert Redford. The mythical tale of “the best to ever play the game” Roy Hobbs. Roy Hobbs, what a great name. As we all know, Hobbs’s career gets sidetracked on his way to play pro baseball and it takes years for him to make it to the majors. When he finally gets his chance, he shows the baseball world what he can do and it is awesome. He’s way past his prime but he makes the best of his last chance to play the game he loves so much. It’s a beautiful sports fairy tale.
The only negative, for me anyway, is that we never get to see how great Roy could have been if he hadn’t met the woman on the train. We never get to see all of the records he would have broken if he had the chance to play when he was young. We never get to see that. Until now that is. Mike Trout is young Roy Hobbs. In fact, he’s better.
In The Natural you have to suspend belief during some of the crazy things that Roy does on the baseball field. It’s part of the fantasy, it’s part of the fun. I watch every game that Mike Trout plays and I have to suspend belief watching him almost every single night and he is doing it for real! It’s insane to call a guy a legend when he hasn’t played four full seasons yet so I won’t. However, the first three and a half years of his baseball career has been legendary and arguably the best start to a baseball career ever.
Here are some of Hobbs’ I mean Trout’s achievements so far:
– The youngest player in MLB history to achieve the 100/100 mark — that’s 100 career home runs plus at least 100 career stolen bases.
– 2012 American League Rookie of the Year and the 2014 American League MVP (he came in second the other two times), and he has won three Silver Slugger awards in his three full MLB seasons.
– In Trout’s rookie season, he became the first major leaguer to steal 45 bases, score 125 runs and hit 30 home runs in a season. Ever.
– The only player in history to win back-to-back All Star MVPs
The crazy thing is, I could list his records all night but I want to go watch Mike Trout, well be Mike Trout. The best to ever play this game? Stay tuned and enjoy the show.