Trout leaning on Hunter's wisdom

Trout leaning on Hunter's wisdom

ANAHEIM -- Mike Trout's skill set and determination set him apart. In one area, however, the Angels' superlative young outfielder is like everyone else in his sphere. He leans on Torii Hunter on an everyday basis for wisdom and insights, about the game and life.

"Anything you need, he's always there," Trout said. "He'll do anything for you. Torii and Vernon [Wells] helped me get through the first couple weeks when I came up. I didn't know what to expect.

"Torii came right up and had a big talk with me. He said that anything I needed, just ask him -- anytime. It seems like every inning, almost every pitch, I'm next to him, asking questions. And he's giving me the right answers."

Former Lakers coach Pat Riley, talking about Magic Johnson, once said that a manager or coach's life is infinitely easier when his best player is his hardest worker. This is how it is with the Angels and Hunter, who has been their driving force since his arrival in 2008.

"He's a great leader," Trout said. "Anybody in here can come to him and know they're going to get the truth from Torii. He's made me feel more comfortable at the plate and in the field.

"He's a star, but he's always trying to get better, learn new things. He's in here before the game going over video, trying to find something in the pitcher's delivery, see if he tips a pitch, that kind of thing. He's a real inspiration to a lot of guys. I can't tell you how much he means to me."

He just did.