ARLINGTON -- Mike Trout has heard so many gaudy stats and player comparisons during this three-month surge through the big leagues that he's almost numb to it.
Hearing about his ties to Rickey Henderson, though, actually made him pause.
Trout went into Wednesday's game against the Rangers with a .353 batting average, 18 homers and 31 steals. The only other player in Major League history to hit at least .350 with 15 homers and 30 steals before Aug. 1 was Henderson, who batted .352 with 16 homers and 47 steals during the first four months of his 1985 season with the Yankees.
"That's a good feeling, obviously," Trout said, after letting out a big smile when told of the stat. "I just feel comfortable up there. Just to be in the same sentence as Rickey Henderson is a good feeling."
Henderson did that at age 26 -- not 20, like Trout.
And, unlike the Angels' young center fielder, he didn't spend the first three weeks in the Minor Leagues.
Trout, from New Jersey, may have been six years from being born when Henderson lit it up early in his first season in the Bronx. But he's learned a lot about him over the last few months -- you know, since he's compared to him all the time.
"When people start comparing you to people, you definitely start looking him up and see what they're all about," Trout said. "I definitely remember all the stolen bases he had that one year [130 in 1982] and that he hit for power. You really don't see a lot of people hitting home runs and stealing bases, as well. To be in that group with him is awesome."