An open book during nearly the entire conversation, Trumbo only got cagey when asked if he'll maintain a home in Orange County. "I have options when I come home, but I purchased a home in Phoenix, Arizona," he says. "I'll spend quite a bit of the winter in Orange County."

He knows the greater Phoenix area well because the Angels' spring-training home is in Tempe, and the rookie league team plays in Mesa. But Trumbo is already thinking of everyday haunts in Orange County he'll miss.

"My dad and I would go to Ricardo's [Don Jose Mexican Cafe] on Katella—sometimes before Angels games, sometimes just for fun," he says. "Wahoo's is a big favorite of mine; I go there quite a bit. Being from Orange, I would go to most of the places in the Orange Circle. Felix's has the best tres leche cake I've ever eaten, although I probably shouldn't eat too much of it."

He'd watch weekend football games at spots by the beach, such as Mutt Lynch's in Newport Beach. ("Lots of my buddies go there.") The fan of "all things rock & roll, '90s hip-hop, and a sprinkle of country" would usually drive to Los Angeles for live shows, with some exceptions. "I caught quite a few cool shows at the Observatory," Trumbo says of the Santa Ana venue.

He's looking forward to next winter and checking out his friend Jeff Chon's new nightclub, the Wayfarer, which was formerly Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa. Then there are his buddies in Killin Time, who Trumbo is seen in a YouTube video jamming with on guitar to Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son" at the RANCH in Anaheim. "I'll definitely miss those guys," he says.

He already misses the guys practicing 22 miles away in Tempe. "I miss all of them," Trumbo says of the Angels, "especially the guys I came up with, like Pete and Hank Conger."

Though Trumbo is a little older than 26-year-old Conger, "we moved at about the same pace for a long time. We would work out a lot together, and I'd see him every day," he says. "I have special bonds with Weave [pitching ace Jered Weaver] and Howie; I played with those guys so long. That's the cool thing about playing this game—the friendships that develop. We're together for an extremely long season."

He'll keep tabs on more than the D-Backs this season.

"I'll follow those guys and root for the team, as long as we are not going head-to-head," Trumbo says of the Anaheim squad. "I will be an Angels fan always."

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ted.mendez
ted.mendez

Very nice column about a good guy and a good player. Wish he was still on the Angels but they got a good return on the trade and every GM would've made it. By the way, didn't Coker write some stupid-a$$ column a while ago about the Angels being unable to re-sign Trout because of Pujols' and Hamilton's contracts? I challenged him on it and he replied with a snide comment. Turns out, Coker had his head up his a$$. His eyes probably weren't too wide open for that.

 
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