Ted Williams knew he had a gift.
To be sure, the Boston Red Sox legend – widely considered the greatest hitter in history after Babe Ruth – worked tirelessly to perfect his craft, approaching the task with a legendary studiousness and indefatigable work ethic. But he also understood that he was blessed with an innate, preternatural ability for whacking the bejesus out of a baseball.
"If there was ever a man born to be a hitter," Williams wrote in his autobiography, "it was me."
Mike Trout is similarly blessed. Just, you know, more so.
"I was born to play baseball," Trout says in a promo video released Monday by Major League Baseball, which features the two-time American League MVP's voiceover along with snippets of his humble past and glorious present.
Indeed, with baseball in the midst of its annual breather, another accounting of Trout's historic greatness seems apropos, and the numbers plainly indicate that the Los Angeles Angels superstar was, if you will, made for this.
Trout has, for instance, already accrued more career WAR than a litany of Hall of Famers, from Willie McCovey to Jim Thome to Tony Gwynn to Yogi Berra. By season's end, he will likely surpass the likes of Rod Carew, Reggie Jackson, and Johnny Bench, too, yet he doesn't turn 28 until August.