Thousands turn out for Trout's winning homecoming

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 13, 2014 at 10:05 pm •  Published: May 13, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mike Trout got a rousing ovation from some of the same fans he cheers with on football Sundays.

More than 4,000 fans from Trout's hometown came out to see the two-time All-Star center fielder for the Los Angeles Angels play his first game in Philadelphia. Trout went 1 for 5 on Tuesday night in a 4-3 win over Cliff Lee and the Phillies.

"I got to see a lot of familiar faces, a lot of friends," Trout said. "It was a good feeling."

Trout grew up in small Millville, New Jersey, about 45 minutes south of Philadelphia. He used to root for the Phillies and celebrated their 2008 World Series victory on Broad Street. Trout remains a devoted Eagles fan and he watched their playoff loss to New Orleans on a frigid night at Lincoln Financial Field in January.

"Sitting in that crowd, if you had a Saints jersey on, you got booed," Trout said. "So it's a good feeling getting cheers. I got chills."

Fans wearing red No. 27 Angels jerseys filled the stands. Many carried signs welcoming home Trout. They gave him a standing ovation when he came to the plate in the first inning.

"It was an unbelievable feeling to get an ovation like that from fans wearing Angels jerseys and Phillies jerseys," Trout said. "That was pretty cool and it means a lot to me and my family."

The Millville High School baseball team was among those in the crowd. Trout made sure those players got to watch batting practice on the field.

"I would've loved that, watching major league BP, when I was there a few years ago," he said.

Trout grounded out to shortstop in the first before lining a single to center in the fourth off Lee. He clapped his hands after rounding first and fans cheered loudly.

"I felt good at the plate, but I missed some pitches," he said.

Trout struck out swinging in the sixth, reached on third baseman Cody Asche's fielding error in the seventh and flied out to right in the ninth.

The Phillies dubbed it "Millville Night" at Citizens Bank Park. A video tribute to the town was shown before the game. Millville Mayor Michael Santiago threw out the first pitch.

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