Vernon Wells went to a World Baseball Classic game with Mike Trout on Saturday night. Hundreds of fans followed. The two Angels outfielders were bombarded with autograph and picture requests as they attempted to watch Team USA play Italy at Chase Field. Trout opted not to play for the Americans, so he drew a lot of attention, and Wells was mostly a witness. "We're just two boys hanging out," Wells said. "But obviously, it's a little different hanging out with him these days." A lot different. Multiple fans followed Trout into the bathroom in search of his autograph, and dozens of others chased the two Angels when they walked back to their front-row seats. The 21-year-old Trout largely obliged, according to Wells. "It's a little awkward, but he handles it well," Wells said. "He's having to deal with a lot at an early age. I think sometimes it can be overwhelming." Wells, 34, said Trout knew he would get mobbed at the game but went anyway because he wanted to watch the WBC in person. That mindset is important to the young outfielder's sustained success, Wells said. "You have to maintain some sense of normalcy," said Wells, who made his big-league debut at age 20. "We play this game, but we still love it, we're still fans of it. Once you start to separate yourself as being abnormal, then that's where things start going wrong mentally, because you're starting to place yourself above other people, and you're not. I think keeping that humility is a huge key." Wells, who plans to retire when his contract expires after the 2014 season, has done well for himself this spring. After launching a two-run homer in Sunday's game against the Royals, he's hitting .467 in 15 at-bats. As the Angels' likely fourth outfielder, he's also grown used to packing his travel bag, with most of his starts coming away from Tempe Diablo Stadium.
Fellow fans mob Trout at World Baseball Classic
Orange County Register | Mar 11