In order to seal the victory that would send his school to the state finals, Mounds View pitcher Ty Koehn had to face a longtime friend from little league, Jack Kocon. When Koehn struck Kocon out to win the game, he ran right by his celebrating teammates to embrace the dejected batter.
"We are very close friends," pitcher Ty Koehn said. "I knew him from all the way back when we were 13. We were on the same little league team." Great example of good sportsmanship and friendship starting at a young age. https://t.co/5hcHQW2SN9— WBSL (@WBSL_NH) June 11, 2018
But what is more shocking to me than this video....is some of the responses you find in the chain below it.
This is absolutely embarrassing. You have 1 moment to celebrate with your teammates who busted their tails w/ you, and you’re going to console a friend who’s upset? Kid is about as soft as it gets. Winners win and embrace it. Take this garbage somewhere else.— Phil Trowbridge (@phil_trowbridge) June 11, 2018
I don't understand this mentality at all. Sports are great. Team. Winning AND losing. This kid is a winner on all levels. HE struck out his friend. He wasn't afraid to go get the better of him. To console him is not a sign of weakness. He didn't NOT celebrate with his team. He showed compassion....something some of these meatheads will never get.
This makes me shake with rage the more I see it. As I said elsewhere, this offends me as a youth football coach who preaches killer instinct to my players. I would make a player who did this hold his championship ring as I blowtorch it and melt it, because he doesn’t deserve it.— Three Year Letterman (@3YearLetterman) June 11, 2018