Los Angeles Angels outfielder and weather fanatic Mike Trout reached rarefied air on Monday, when he mashed a double for his 1,000th career hit in the fourth inning of his squad’s tilt with the Baltimore Orioles on his 26th birthday. The feat makes him the fourth player to have 1,000 hits, 500 RBI, and 500 walks by his age.
The other three are Hall of Famers: Mickey Mantle, Jimmie Foxx, and Mel Ott. Those last two entered the league at age 17; Trout and Mantle came up at 19.
.@miketrout celebrates his birthday with his 1,000th career hit!
— MLB (@MLB) August 8, 2017
In his next plate appearance, Trout smacked a home run off the left-field foul pole for his 1,001st hit and 191st long ball. It’s already the fourth time he’s homered on his birthday. The only other player to hit four bombs on his birthdays before age 30 is Alex Rodriguez, who hit his fourth on his 29th birthday.
Mike Trout’s 26th birthday was fun. 🎂
He recorded his 1,000th career hit and then crushed this home run.
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) August 8, 2017
“When you hear your name with the greats, the Hall of Famers when you do something, it makes you feel good,” Trout said after his team fell 6-2 thanks to a Manny Machado grand slam. “It makes you feel special just to be a part of such a good company. But for me, it’s just going out there and playing. I’m not trying to chase any numbers.”
Trout was likely relieved to take the field on Monday night, as his pregame birthday celebration was messy and likely made for some extreme discomfort prior to a shower.
Trout’s Angels teammates sat him down in the showers and proceeded to cover him in eggs, slushes, baby powder, coffee creamer, whatever was in a nearby trash can, water, and cereal.
— Mike Trout (@MikeTrout) August 7, 2017