To his right on a podium lined with three Angels stars, Albert Pujols saw a reflection of himself.
There was 21-year-old phenom Mike Trout, fresh off a 2012 season in which he won American League rookie-of-the-year honors and placed second in most-valuable-player voting, answering questions about an encore.
Pujols was in a similar position in 2002, a 22-year-old coming off a season in which he hit .329 with 37 homers and 130 runs batted in and was named National League rookie of the year. Trout hit .326 with 30 homers, 83 RBIs, 129 runs and 49 stolen bases last season.
"There are going to be a lot of expectations on Mike," Pujols said at a Thursday news conference that included Trout and Josh Hamilton. "He needs to know how to say 'no' sometimes to people, because everybody is going to want a piece of him. He needs to stay focused and do what he needs to do."
Albert Pujols sees a lot of himself in Mike Trout
Los Angeles Times | Feb 14