There are far worse players one can be compared to than Mike Trout. But just don't tell that to Angels teammate Albert Pujols.
Apparently, the three-time MVP took real offense when someone asked him whether he was motivated to match the numbers produced by Trout.
USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale has the lowdown:
Can you imagine someone saying that to me? I felt like saying, 'Come on, are you serious? Are you really asking me that? Check out my numbers. I know what Mike Trout has done in his first two years is pretty special, but will you look at my numbers. I've been doing this for almost 14 years.'
The only guy in baseball who can match the numbers I've put up is Barry Bonds, and someone is actually asking if I can put up numbers like Mike Trout?
Are you freaking kidding me?
There's no doubt that Pujols has been producing staggering numbers for much longer than his young teammate. In 13 years, Pujols has amassed nearly 500 home runs while maintaining a stellar .321 average. He's been named to nine All-Star teams and began his career by going 10 straight seasons of at least a .300 average, 30 home runs, and 100 RBI.
Meanwhile, Trout has posted eye-popping numbers as well, good enough to earn two trips to the All-Star game and two runner-up finishes in the MVP voting.
Still, Pujols is clearly defended by the random person who believed he should be motivated by Trout instead of the other way around.
"He's a great kid who always wants to learn and is so humble," Pujols said. "But if it takes someone comparing me to Mike Trout to motivate me, it's time for me to get out of the game."
Via Bleacher Report