When you’re one of the best baseball players in the world and also happen to have an endorsement deal with Nike, there are some neat perks that come with the arrangement. One of them, apparently, is having shoes made in the theme of your name — as you’ll see Tuesday night when Mike Trout steps on the field for the 2014 MLB All-Star Game.
Yes, they’re trout-themed, as Drew Silva of Hardball Talk passes on:
Those are admittedly some pretty sweet, rainbow-colored kicks right there. And you can buy them for yourself, too, if you’re willing to fork over $150 on Nike’s website, where they’re currently on sale.
Trout, one of baseball’s most recognizable stars, has been wearing Nike shoes for years. In early June, the apparel giant announced Trout’s newest shoe, the Lunar Vapor, which is a bright combination of red and yellow.
This is Trout’s third All-Star Game appearance in three years with the Angels. He’s continued to be a phenomenon for L.A., batting .310/.400/.606 with 22 homers and 10 steals in 90 games this season. He leads the league in both OPS (1.005) and OPS+ (182), which normalizes a player’s OPS while adjusting for ballpark and league factors.
Trout will be starting in the outfield for the American League this season after receiving 5,559,705 votes from fans this summer. Only Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista received more votes, with 5,859,019 votes, to join Trout in the AL outfield.
As the New York Daily News notes, Trout is making history with his third All-Star appearance; only Mickey Mantle, Al Kaline and Ken Griffey Jr. have made the AL All-Star team three times before turning 23.