When you see Mike Trout dominating a baseball field, it's easy to believe that he doesn't care about the world.
But he does.
At the top of the list: Finding new ways to honor a loved one who committed suicide two years ago.
Trout has publicly honored his late brother-in-law Aaron Cox in several ways. He had one. COX ”was emblazoned on the back of his jersey for the first game he played after Cox’s memorial service. He has a pair of studs with a bow hunting logo and Cox & # 39; initials for the Players & # 39; Weekend adjusted. Throughout the 2019 season, he routinely wore white bracelets with Cox & # 39; s full name and studs that were labeled with his initials and the reference to the Bible verse James 4:10.
The last tribute was revealed on Saturday. Trout and his wife Jessica named their first child Beckham Aaron. He was born on July 30, six days before Cox's 26th birthday.
Weeks before their baby was born, the trout unveiled a range of products created in Cox’s memory. The collection sold by Tiny Turnip is labeled "Your game is not over."
Drawings of a product line by Mike and Jessica Trout in memory of Aaron Cox.
(Courtesy Tiny Turnip)
"Losing Aaron was probably the hardest thing that has happened to me in my life," Trout said in a pre-season video conference a few weeks ago.
Cox, who starred like Trout at Millville High in New Jersey and was drafted by the Angels, died on August 15, 2018, not long after he was 24. He had a self-inflicted gunshot wound when taken to an Atlantic City hospital days earlier, according to the 2018 Los Angeles Times.
Mike and Jessica Trout take part in the 2018 MLB All-Star game.
(Patrick Smith / Getty Images)
In a tribute published on Instagram after his funeral, Trout Cox described “more than just my brother-in-law. … you were my best friend. "
The trout have been looking for ways to raise awareness of mental health problems in the past year. They joined the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention on an out of the darkness walk in their New Jersey hometown last October. They did not hesitate to become benefactors.
"It definitely opened my eyes to how serious and widespread this problem is, and it was a learning experience for us," Jessica said in an email last month. "AFSP is a great resource for family members and friends who have a loved one who is having problems, and a hub for available resources for those who are currently struggling with mental health and suicide, or are grieving for the loss of a loved one."
The partnership with Tiny Turnip based in San Clemente naturally came to the trout. Jessica had known Rachel Luzi, the founder of the company, for years. She often ordered Luzi's unique clothing, which featured the names and numbers of the major league players.
At the behest of Jamie Kotsay and Tracy Hoffman, the wives of former great Leaguer Mark Kotsay and Trevor Hoffman, Luzi began making baseball clothing in the mid-2000s. Tiny Turnip's network expanded when other players' wives shared information about the company. Some teams have teamed up directly with Luzi to design themed clothing for the families of the players.
Baby clothes from Tiny Turnip in honor of Aaron Cox.
Tiny Turnip signed a license agreement with MLB in 2016 and with the Players Union in 2014, which allowed Luzi and her staff to sell designs made with contributions from families of significant leagues to the public. The company has produced numerous collaborations.
Luzi and business partner Jalynne Crawford, wife of Brandon Crawford, infielder of San Francisco Giants, expanded the business earlier this year with the goal of raising money for charity. The first project was launched in April in collaboration with Eric and Kaycee Sogard and the Gift of Adoption Fund, which provides grants to adoptive families.
A few months later, Tiny Turnip released the Trouts collection.
"The support was incredible," said Trout. "People from all over the world, people I haven't spoken to in a while, fans across the country. It was a great turnout and it means a lot to us."
Jessica described in a blog post on the company's website how the design came about. She praised Luzi's work and explained why they chose a semicolon from baseball and glove. It is a "punctuation mark in literature where the author could have ended a sentence but decided to continue the sentence instead. Our design is intended to empower those who have difficulty knowing that it is (OK) not (OK) To seek help and to know that their "game is not over". "
Luzi mocked the artwork with contributions from Jessica and Crawford. They chose the slogan and selected 40 encouraging words to replace the baseball stitches in the picture. The words “humility” and “worthy” refer to James 4:10, the verse that Trout carried last season. It reads: "Humble yourself before the Lord and he will exalt you."
The company has sold around 1,400 items in the collection since its launch on July 8th. Luzi pledged all profits to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
"If you can track someone's life with this artwork, we have made a difference," Crawford said. “Or (if we) help these families get the help they need to not get through this – I enjoy it a lot. I am really proud of how everything developed and came together. "