Mike Trout refused to be further drawn into the fantasy football dispute between Cincinnati Reds outfielder Tommy Pham and San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson, a controversy that saw Pham punch Pederson in the face last Friday and get a three-game suspension became.
Trout serves as an agent for the league, which is made up of major league players from multiple teams and reportedly requires a $10,000 buy-in.
Pham told the Athletic Tuesday that Trout should take some of the blame for the slap – er, slap – and called Trout “the worst commissioner in fantasy sports.” The athlete noted that Pham’s comments came with a “hint of a smile.”
Trout was scheduled to address the media ahead of Wednesday night’s game against the New York Yankees, and he had an inkling the row over the Pham-Pederson issue would arise when he opened the session by saying, “Can we here talk about baseball?”
Sure… but after a few baseball questions, Trout’s reaction to Pham’s comments.
“I’m not talking about fantasy football,” Trout said before moving on to fantasy football. “I don’t even know… you know, it’s just one of those things. Everyone is competitive. Everyone loves fantasy football. Who does not?”
Pham was reportedly upset that Pederson had texted some “disrespectful messages.” [stuff]’ about the San Diego Padres, his former team, in a group chat. Pham also claimed that Pederson broke some league rules.
Pham beat Pederson in a pregame warm-up ahead of a Reds-Giants game on Friday, and he fanned the flames of history by dragging Trout in on Tuesday.
Is Trout surprised the story dragged on for almost a week?
“I think you’re the ones dragging it out,” Trout said. “I spoke to Tommy. I spoke to Joc. Everyone who was there … has a great passion for fantasy football. Many people are passionate about it. I also. I lost this league.”
Trout was asked if he should step down as the league’s commissioner amid the controversy.
“I didn’t make that decision,” he said. “I don’t know. Every commissioner I know is always booed.”
Trout had a final thought on the subject: “This sure is a legendary fantasy football league.”
And is becoming more legendary every day.
https://www.latimes.com/sports/angels/story/2022-06-01/angels-mike-trout-fantasy-sports-comment-reds-tommy-pham Angels’ Mike Trout addresses Tommy Pham fantasy sports comment