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Eagles super fan Trout sees memes about Angels

- Gabe Lacques

Mike Trout’s favorite offseason pastime also creates a certain kind of personal hell.

Trout, the Los Angeles Angels All-Star and three-time American League Most Valuable Player, is among the most notable celebrity fans of the Philadelph­ia Eagles, long his favorite team since growing up across the Delaware River in Millville, New Jersey.

He was on hand for the team’s 31-7 throttling of the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championsh­ip game, sending the Eagles to their second Super Bowl in six seasons.

Yet the juxtaposit­ion with his own team’s postseason failures is often too much to ignore.

“It crushes me,” Trout, whose Angels have appeared only once in the playoffs, a three-game sweep at the hands of the Kansas City Royals in the 2014 AL division series, said on an ESPN podcast. “I want to experience the playoff atmosphere. I got to experience a little taste of it in ’14.

“But it’s been a while. I can’t imagine what the players are going through and I think that everybody that competes in sports wants that feeling.”

More than a few social media snarkers have noted that Trout has attended more Eagles playoff games than he has participat­ed in with the Angels. He sees you, he hears you, he scrolls with you.

“I see all the GIFs, all the memes,” he says. “I get a kick out of it.”

He can try to change it soon; Trout will report to spring training in the next couple of weeks, represent Team USA in the World Baseball Classic and then try to push the playoff boulder up the hill in Anaheim.

With eight seasons remaining on his $427.5 million contract, there’s precious little choice, even if his hometown Phillies reached the World Series.

“It gets brought up to me a lot,” says Trout of somehow playing in Philly someday. “I hear it a lot from Eagles fans when I go to the games … there’s a group of people that’s always trying to push me to go to the Phillies.

“It’s always going to be linked to me.”

 ?? TIM NWACHUKWU/GETTY IMAGES ?? Angels superstar Mike Trout was at the NFC title game at Lincoln Financial Field.
TIM NWACHUKWU/GETTY IMAGES Angels superstar Mike Trout was at the NFC title game at Lincoln Financial Field.

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