What makes someone intimidating
He catches one harmless can of corn during which he barely budges.
But you can see the flashes of what makes him a good defender on balls hit into each of the gaps.
What if we focused on one player, at one position, over a full nine innings?
For this, we turned our eyes to the best player in baseball, Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout.
On May 19, we headed to Citi Field with the primary purpose of tracking Trout.
If you want to watch the perfect player -- the Le Bron James of his sport -- he's the one to pick.
Following that mantra, Trout doesn’t let calls bother him.
In the sixth inning, Trout falls behind de Grom 0-2, but after three foul balls and three takes, the last of which is a wild pitch that advances the runner to second, Collins concedes. If I don’t get it, I’ll take the walk.”What we learned: Trout doesn’t do distractions. Watching from the stands, you'll notice Trout plays a deep center field. In three games at Citi Field over that weekend, Trout’s average starting position is 330 feet from home plate.
It's a more intimidating look than Trout had circa 2012, when he kept his hands behind his head, less visible to the pitcher.If he wanted it to be, Trout’s batting practice could be among the most thrilling in baseball.But for the 26-year-old, it’s not about entertainment.“Getting loose, working different things, working the other way, shooting the gaps, pulling the ball, feeling how your swing is,” Trout says, running through his decidedly practical BP checklist.Adam Sherr, a 46-year-old attorney from Anaheim who now lives in Seattle, is in the Big Apple celebrating his 20th anniversary with his wife, Annette. Sherr is 46 and can queue up an article on Trout from Five Thirty Eight on his phone at a moment’s notice, but part of him is still a 16-year-old, crushed as he watched his Angels blow the 1986 American League pennant against the Boston Red Sox.He says he loves watching Trout hit.“A beautiful, short swing,” Sherr says.