05/30/12 10:42 PM ET
Trout relishes visit with elementary school kids
By Joe McIntyre / MLB.com
But before the Angels faced the Yankees on Wednesday night looking for their ninth straight win, he stopped by Violette Elementary School in Garden Grove to give some words of wisdom to one of the only groups of people he can advise -- kindergarten through sixth graders.
Trout, who was joined by Angels radio play-by-play man Terry Smith, visited the school as part of the Angels' Adopt-A-School program. This is the fourth year the Angels Baseball Foundation has partnered with the Orange County Department of Education to identify five high schools and five elementary schools to adopt based on need. And with how well Trout has been playing in 2012 since his callup (.304 average, five home runs and 14 RBIs entering Wednesday), he's only padding his already-impressive resume.
"It was great," Trout said. "It's just one of those things, you got to tell the kids to stay in school, get their work done, study, and school just comes first."
Each elementary school is given an assembly, a $1,000 donation to the school and a supplies pack to each child. Each high school is given $2,500 to help its baseball and softball programs.
Members of the 2011-12 Adopt-A-School program include Western High School, Magnolia High School, Hare High School, Santa Ana High School, Orange High School and the elementary schools of Thomas Edison School, Patrick Henry School, Violette Elementary School, Lowell Elementary and West Orange Elementary. Angels catcher Bobby Wilson visited Lowell Elementary last month, and Peter Bourjos will visit West Orange Elementary on Friday.
At Wednesday's assembly, Smith asked questions of Trout before the floor was opened to the students. Trout said he was asked questions along the lines of who his role model was, who inspired him growing up and when he started playing baseball.
And though he's fewer than 10 years older than some of the students, Smith said Trout handled the event as well as anyone, especially in his first school visit with the Angels.
"Yeah, they made jokes about it," Trout said, referring to his age. "But it was just a great, great day for me and the kids. I signed some autographs and took some pictures. It was great."
Joe McIntyre is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.