SI– A high school pitcher in Minnesota made an admirable display of sportsmanship after striking out his friend in a sectional championship game.
Mounds View pitcher Ty Koehn struck out his close friend Jack Kocon of Totino-Grace to send Mounds View to the state championship. But as Koehn’s teammates rushed the field in celebration, he made a beeline to console Kocon.
“We are very close friends,” Koehn told Bring Me the News. “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.”
BIGGER THAN BASEBALL: High school pitcher holds off celebrating heading to the Minnesota state championship game with his teammates so he could console his childhood friend instead. https://t.co/GPVUXnk4Ea pic.twitter.com/0Fb7Dt8Km6
— ABC News (@ABC) June 11, 2018
These types of stories always pull me in opposite directions. It’s like politics and basically every other subject these days where you have two incredibly strong camps and they’re the only voices heard. You have one side tweeting things like ABC News “BIGGER THAN BASEBALL” “It’s getting really dusty in here” “This is the sweetest thing you’ll see all day” “This is what sports is all about.” Blah Blah Blah. I don’t wanna hear it. But possibly even worse than this crowd is the “Kids are so soft these days” “Millenials are gonna ruin sports too” “I remember when you would bean your friend in the face if you were pitching against him” crowd. It’s all infuriating.
Simply, this kid was pitching against a childhood friend to go to the state championship game. So the celebration shouldn’t have been that big in the first place. The whole “kids are soft” crowd should be more upset at his teammates for celebrating too hard over a semi-final game. Talk about soft. But yeah the kid struck out his buddy on a big stage and so he went to make sure he was okay for like 10 total seconds. Gave him a hug and some cheesy line like “you’ll get em next year” even though next year that kid will probably be ripping gravity bongs in a University of Minnesota dorm room rather than playing baseball. It was for sure a nice gesture from the kid, but not some incredibly heroic moment. If you play sports against one of your friends you’re probably gonna go dap em up and have some words of encouragement, especially in that important of a game. So this kid did just that… and then turned around to go celebrate with his friends like he just won the World Series.
In summation: if a kid does something nice like this, take it for what it is. A nice gesture to a friend. He’s not fucking Mother Theresa, but he’s also not going to ruin the sport of baseball as we know it. Get a grip on reality people.
P.S. The only faction worse than the “millenials are killing baseball” group and the “cry over this video or else” crew is the “don’t overreact and take a side on anything” squad. Which I am now the de facto leader of when it comes to videos like this. It is still my take on it and I’m not budging, but just know that I know I’m ruining everyone’s fun.