Mark Trumbo likes to mash. Since the beginning of the 2011 season, his 131 home runs are the 14th most in the majors. But the 30-year old slugger, whom the Baltimore Orioles acquired in a December trade with Seattle, also likes to travel. And shred. And eat cookies. But don't take our word for it. Take his.
Winter wander-land: I usually take at least one fairly sizable trip every offseason. This year, I took a couple. I went to London and Paris on one trip, and I also went to Costa Rica with some buddies. It's really easy to adapt down there -- U.S. dollars play pretty well and there's a lot of English spoken. I did some zip lining, some white water rafting, lots of fun touristy stuff.
Hidden talent: I play guitar, but I wouldn't classify it as a talent. It's a hobby. I started out playing drums when I was younger, and I just kind of gravitated to guitar. I've been playing for six or seven years. My favorite genre is classic rock from the 60's and 70's -- Zeppelin, Cream, and bands like that are in my wheelhouse. I don't try any of Robert Plant's vocals. I play mainly electric, but I have about 20 guitars, including a pretty cool Les Paul that I got this past year. I've also got a cool Ernie Ball Music Man that was a gift from the Ball family -- they're the number one string manufacturer. I go to this convention every year in Anaheim, it's called the NAMM show, so I was hanging with them. I got to meet Joe Walsh from the Eagles, too, which was pretty cool.
Favorite flick: I like crime thrillers. LA Confidential is my favorite. Guy Pearce is a great actor. That movie never gets old. Part of it is that it's set in the 50's, so it's always going to look antiquated, even when you see it the first time. But the acting in there is phenomenal.
Guilty pleasure: I'm a sucker for a good chocolate chip cookie. There's this place back in Southern California called SusieCakes that's kind of a boutique shop, and they do a really good job. There's another place called Levain Bakery in New York. I like 'em a tad on the crunchy side.
Most embarrassing moment: When I was with the Diamondbacks, we opened the 2014 season in Australia against the Dodgers. There was a play in the outfield that didn't go too well. Not only was everyone back here watching, but everyone in another country was watching, too. I was playing left field, and Scott Van Slyke hit a fly ball that I thought might be a home run. So I ran back and climbed the wall. I had this vision of a total web gem -- I save the homer, we win the game. Instead, the ball landed 10 or 15 feet in the grass behind me in left. It turned out to be a triple and I just looked foolish. I wanted to curl up and crawl away. If you were there, you'd understand how something like that could happen. There was a heck of a lot of wind and unfamiliar conditions. But if you were a casual fan watching on TV, you'd probably just think I was an idiot.
Coolest contact: Probably a toss-up between Mike McCready from Pearl Jam and Geddy Lee from Rush. With Geddy, [former Angles pitcher] Mark Langston was the connection. One of my buddies who's a police sergeant in Anaheim introduced me to McCready. We got to go over to his house in Seattle. We hung, we jammed, we talked. We went to their warehouse. He's come to the field a few times. It's pretty bad-ass when you think about it.