Opening Day is around the corner, and with it comes a flood of publications putting out special MLB season preview issues.
This was seriously one of my favorite times of my childhood, as I’d fawn over all the cool covers and stories inside magazines like Sporting News and Sports Illustrated. The power of a good MLB season preview issue is not lost on my adult self, however, but nowadays I’m really just concerned with one question: Does it have Mike Trout on the cover?
These outlets are typically quick to give any and all column space, as well as the actual cover, to the teams and players that your average, east coast Joe Schmoe likes…and as you can imagine, that doesn’t often entail the Angels. I’ve gotten used to it, by now.
But that’s not accounting for the wild card, Mike Trout; the man who has the power to overcome even the harshest and most banal of all east coast bias perpetuators and ESPN lap dogs. That was why Trout’s recent AL MVP award was so huge. There are few players on this planet that can play on such a underwhelming team, on the west coast, no less, and STILL walk away with the hardware.
He’s now used this power to actually get on the cover of the 2017 MLB season preview issue of Sports Illustrated. Here’s the cover, in all it’s glory:
By John Mayhood