Angels Star Mike Trout Accepts 2016 MVP Award in NYC
Amidst the glitz and the glimmer of the city that never sleeps, Mike Trout shined in his own right during one of baseball’s great offseason traditions.
Decked out in black tie and a winsome smile, with his closest family members in tow, the Angels star made his way to the 94th annual New York Baseball Writers’ Association of America Dinner that would see him receive his 2016 American League Most Valuable Player Award. The dinner was held on Saturday, January 21st at the New York Hilton to honor the national award winners, as well as, baseball legacy and greatness.
Just imagine sharing the stage with some of the game’s most renowned players, past and present, while talking about baseball all night long… Mike Trout seemed to be in heaven.
“I stand here tonight to accept this award with immense humility and satisfaction,” Trout said. “I am humbled because of the award’s rich history, and the fact that since 1931, when it was first established, not one player has emerged who was bigger than the game itself. I am satisfied because of the time and effort I have put into the game over the years, all in order to become a better player and a teammate. Personally, I still look at baseball as just a game. … I love everything about it”, said Trout.
Following the dinner, there was no better place to continue the celebration of Trout’s honor than the iconic 21 Club.
‘21’ is one of America’s most famous speakeasies that has entertained celebrities and industry elite for more than 80 years. From its secret wine cellar to ornate jockeys, this elegant establishment is, like baseball, rich in history.
On behalf of the Angels Organization, Owner Arte Moreno and President John Carpino presented Mike Trout with a ring fit for an MVP. Additionally, they gifted his fiancé Jessica a matching, sparkling pendant.
What was once a secret underground room used to hide illegal liquor during the Prohibition Era, became an ideal setting for a sophisticated photoshoot. The 21 Club’s wine cellar was home to 2,000 cases of wine including the private collections of Presidents Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon, Elizabeth Taylor and more. Today, it is a private dining room that houses some of the finest wines in the world. It even housed one of baseball’s finest… for a brief twenty minutes.
The two-time AL MVP spent the remainder of this special night surrounded by family, close friends and supporters.