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Angels' Mike Trout comes face to face with his idol, Derek Jeter

September 11, 2011 |  1:07 pm

Trout_blog At just 20 years old, Angels star rookie Mike Trout isn't that far removed from his childhood.

The outfielder was especially close to it Saturday when he got to meet his boyhood idol, Derek Jeter.

Growing up, Trout was a big fan of Jeter, and for good reason.

Both hail from New Jersey and Trout grew up playing shortstop, as Jeter does for the Yankees today.

"I was a big Jeter fan growing up," Trout said. 

So when Trout stroked a double to left field in the sixth inning Saturday, he was met with a nice surprise when Jeter walked over to second base, slapped him on his rear and started chatting him up.

Trout said Jeter said hello, asked how old Trout was, and Trout then mentioned he was from New Jersey, which Jeter was glad to hear. Jeter told him he had a nice swing, too.

"Pretty good coming from a Hall-of-Famer," Trout said. "Definitely a good feeling."


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Photo: Right fielder Mike Trout talks with New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter during a 6-0 victory for the Angels. Credit: Kelvin Kuo /US Presswire