Mike Trout makes a living chasing fly balls, but he also has a passion for chasing something else: storms.
It turns out the Los Angeles Angels superstar is a huge weather geek, and his love for meteorology could translate into his very own cameo on The Weather Channel, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan.
Trout’s love for all things weather apparently started when he was a kid in New Jersey, looking out the window during class and hoping for a snowstorm so he wouldn’t have to go to school the next day. Now he obsessively pores over weather models and forecasting apps, and once drove two and a half hours to Flagstaff, Ariz., to watch a snowstorm during spring training.
Weather Channel host Jim Cantore said he found out about Trout’s unique hobby firsthand when the reigning American League MVP contacted him out of the blue asking for details about a snowstorm heading for his hometown.
“All of a sudden, I get this direct message from Mike Trout,” Cantore told Passan. “He’s asking me about the storm. Not like, ‘Hey, Jim, it’s Mike.’ He just went right into the details. He was genuinely curious about what the models said.”
Trout, who at 24 years old already has established himself as the best baseball player in the world, largely has kept his passion for weather out of the public eye. That could change after the season, though, as he said The Weather Channel might give him a chance to help out on-air in the winter.
“We’re planning on me doing a story when there’s a big storm in Jersey,” Trout said. “I’m gonna be on The Weather Channel. Hopefully, we get a big snowstorm.”
Trout is a bit weather-deprived during the regular season in sunny Southern California, so maybe a trade up north is just what he needs to chase his dream.
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