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Source – When is the last time you saw an athlete, at any level, clinch a championship and instead of celebrating immediately goes to show respect for the opposing team?
It happened Wednesday night in a Minnesota high school baseball game.
After striking out Jack Kocon for the final out to send Mounds View to State, pitcher Ty Koehn made a beeline for the beaten batter and embraced him, all while his teammates rushed the field, celebrating wildly.
But there’s a story behind this act of tremendous sportsmanship, the pair are old friends and have known each other since childhood.
“We are very close friends,” Koehn told BMTN. “I knew him from all the way back when we were 13. We were on the same little league team. It was tough when we went to separate schools but we kept in touch.”
“I knew the game was going to keep going or it was going to end right there,” Koehn added. “I knew I had to say something. Our friendship is more important than just the silly outcome of a game. I had to make sure he knew that before we celebrated.”
I immediately want to take my kids to this kids house and sign my kids over to his parents.
Jesus. Such a cool moment to watch. Ty didn’t celebrate with his teammates instead he wrapped that loser kid up in a bearhug and let him know he was more important than the win.
Remember this moment and show it to your kids. Or come to my house tomorrow morning and I’ll take your kids with me and drop them off at the Koehn residence.