Hours before Mike Trout singled in his first at-bat this spring, the Los Angeles Angels outfielder was a big hit with some children.
Trout, a native of Millville, N.J., and teammates David Carpenter, Michael Kohn, and Travis Witherspoon took $5,000 worth of school supplies and toys Monday morning to Children First Academy, a Tempe, Ariz., charter school for underprivileged and homeless children.
"After it was all over the kids ran up and gave us a big hug," the 20-year-old Trout said. "Put a smile on my face and all the teammates that came.
"Doing stuff for the community," Trout added, "it means a lot to me."