Jul 18, 2022; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) with his son sit on the field before the 2022 Home Run Derby at Dodgers Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

There is no fantasy football league in America more intriguing than the one involving Major League Baseball players Mike Trout, Tommy Pham, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Manny Machado, and Joc Pederson. And even though they’ve made a commissioner change, it sounds as though the drama hasn’t ended.

The league came to prominence when Pham slapped Pederson across the face during batting practice before a Giants-Reds game in May, with the drama stemming from a fantasy football league disagreement. Pederson explained the details of the fantasy football dispute that led up to Pham slapping him, to which Pham shared his side of the story, and then Pederson showed off some GIFs that were at the heart of the drama. Seriously.

Pham then directed his ire at Trout, then-commissioner of the fantasy football league, for not handling things as well as he apparently should have. Trout tried to respond in a good-natured way but actually ended up stepping down as commish after Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy offered to install editor Steven Cheah as the new commissioner, presumably to provide some kind of unbiased force to smooth things over.

Turns out, that hasn’t worked out, at least not according to Trout.

“We’ve had some hiccups so far, it hasn’t gone smooth,” Trout said at a press conference for the All-Star Game on Monday. “He’s on the hot seat for sure. A lot of confusions going on. I’m not going to say anything in particular but there’s still a month and a half and time is ticking.”

Regardless, Trout seems to just appreciate the fact that he doesn’t have to be the one dealing with it anymore.

“I’m sitting back and enjoying every minute of it.”

We just hope someone is keeping an eye on Tommy Pham about whatever’s happening.


About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.