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You probably remember the video of two high school baseball players, from opposite teams, embracing after the final pitch of a game.
Those players were Ty Koehn, the pitcher from Mounds View and Jack Kocon at-bat for Totino-Grace. Ty's final pitch sent the Mounds View Mustangs to state & ended the season for Totino. Instead of celebrating with his team, Ty rushed over to Jack, a long time friend, to console him.
Ty's act of sportsmanship went viral. It was hard to go on any form of social media in the days following the game (especially here in MN) and not see this video pop up in your feed. A video like this makes me insanely proud to say that I'm a high school coach in the state of Minnesota. Our athletes are the greatest kids you'll ever meet. Ty and Jack are the example.
TRUE SPORTSMANSHIP: Normally the last thing on a pitcher's mind is the feelings of the batter he just struck out—unless it's your childhood buddy. This pitcher comforted his friend just moments after securing a bid to the state tournament https://t.co/GYZsuPRSop (Vid: Jim Moberg) pic.twitter.com/De4X1WOgYM— FOX 32 News (@fox32news) June 12, 2018
Not wanting to give the impression the act of sportsmanship was an attempt at fame, the boys have stayed out of the media.
Until this morning, when they went on Good Morning America and were surprised with an honorary ESPY for their act of sportsmanship. The only negative here is that the ESPY was awarded to them by Randall Cobb, a Green Bay Packer - yuck.
"This is Randall Cobb from the Green Bay Packers. I just wanted to tell you that both myself and my teammates take inspiration from the kind of sportsmanship you demonstrated at that game. I'm excited to also let you know that ESPN has selected you to be a recipient of an honorary ESPY award. Thank you for being a great example for all of us," Cobb said.
Watch for yourself below!
Congratulations to Ty and Jack!!