We all know that Mike Trout is probably the most special player in all of baseball.
His unique blend of power, speed, ability to hit for average and tremendous play in center field have been on display since he broke into the majors in 2011 with a cup of coffee before he broke out in 2012 and raced away to the AL Rookie of the Year honors before winning his first AL MVP award last season at age 22.
Trout showed it all off on Tuesday night in front of a national audience when he won his second consecutive All-Star Game MVP award thanks in large part to his leadoff home run against NL starter Zack Greinke — the first leadoff homer in the All-Star Game since Bo Jackson's.
Comparisons were made to Jackson after the lined shot to right field barely made it to the bleachers, but to be fair to Trout, those were only athletically and physique speaking because Trout is 100 times the baseball player Jackson was.
Trout's exploits are nothing new to Rangers fans — they see them nearly 20 times a year. But just in case they weren't sure, the brightest star in baseball gave Texas fans a glimpse of what they have to deal with over the second half as they chase the Astros and the newly crowned first-place Angels over the next 2 1/2 months.