Though he certainly isn’t anymore, Mike Trout, at one point, was a small-town guy. He hails from Millville, New Jersey, a town that is 45 miles south of Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies. Incidentally, the scheduling crew at Major League Baseball slated the Los Angeles Angels to take on the Phillies in interleague action.
The event is huge in Millville, according to MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez, so much so, that for Trout’s first appearance in Philadelphia, the town is holding “Millville Night.” What does that entail? 8,000 of Millville, New Jersey’s population of 28,000 plus driving to Citizens Bank Park to support one of their own. For those of you not willing to do the math, 8,000 people represents about 30% of Millville’s population. Thirty percent of an entire town is coming to see Mike Trout play in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Currently, the Phillies rank 12th in Major League Baseball in average attendance for 2014 (courtesy of ESPN). Citizens Bank Park can hold 43,647 and the Phillies have, on average, packed 29,605 over 15 games, or roughly, the entire town of Millville. That means that at least 30 percent of the fans in attendance are going to be Mike Trout fans.
Home town crowd, indeed.