THE STRIKE ZONE
Sometimes Sports, Sometimes Sportsmanship
When discussing youth sports, specifically the Little League World Series, I've gone on record with my hesitations to endorse such events at their high levels. No matter how we slice it, the particular discussions to be had in this area of youth sports are plenty.
So for a moment, let's put some of it aside and just recognize a good moment...
During the 2017 Little League World Series, Venezuela walked off on the Dominican Republic, causing the losing pitcher to break down in tears. So what did Venezuela do when they realized what was happening? They rushed to the crying pitcher (from the opposing team) to comfort him.
That's right: a team of 12-year-olds realized it was more important to hug it out with a crying pitcher than to celebrate their victory.
Look, we can dissect this a million ways from yesterday. There may be some people making the argument that breaking down into tears after giving up a winning hit seems like an overreaction. I'm not about to begin to make assumptions about the backgrounds of these kids that might shed light onto those suggestions. Let's just take this for face value. After all, these are kids. And we all know that kids can be quite unpredictable.
It was a nice moment captured during the tournament, and we can only hope that others see it and learn by example.
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