"There's no crying in baseball!" We all know the Tom Hanks line from "A League of Their Own".
But hugging in baseball? This week there is, and it's going viral.
They'd played baseball together for years. And the pitcher said afterward-- "Our friendship is more important than just the silly outcome of a game. I had to make sure he knew that before we celebrated."
Ok, maybe I'm tearing up a little. And I'm a little surprised that some people are actually panning this act of kindness. (See some of the tweets below.)
I can honestly say that one of my favorite things to see after a game, no matter who wins, is my son hug one of his friends on the opposing team. At that moment, all's right with the world. And I feel like maybe I've done a good job raising this kid after all.
There have been moments that I held my breath to see what would happen after a particularly brutal game. But he's never let me down or let his friends down.
Mounds View pitcher Ty Koehn doesn't care about the spotlight, but the entire country knows who he is now. https://t.co/crTXtjy2IU— Bring Me The News (@bringmethenews) June 12, 2018
Not everyone agreed it was the right thing to do. Really?
Last thing the batter wants is a hug from the pitcher. Regardless of there friendship.— Leafnation (@paintpro99) June 12, 2018
If I'm the pitcher, I'm celebrating with my team and roasting my friend for striking out looking to end the game. If I'm the batter, I want that pitcher as far away as possible. Don't hug me. This is stupid https://t.co/BAO4RbxoFa— Luke Washburn (@LukeWashburn) June 11, 2018
Most saw it as a true gesture of friendship and good sportsmanship.
A truly lovely gesture. Well done young man, well done indeed.— Beth 🇦🇺👠 (@BethBossy) June 12, 2018
Pitcher ignores celebrating teammates to hug batter he just struck out https://t.co/6PHiBeGW3Q
This is what you hope to see from your players. Compete like crazy to win, but show great respect and sportsmanship to your opponents. What an example!— Salem Spartans Baseball (@SalemBaseball18) June 12, 2018
Magic sportsmanship moment > Every kid that plays any sport should watch this >> Pitcher ignores celebrating teammates to hug batter he just struck out https://t.co/TQEKAyi4py— DavidW2035 (@DavidW2035) June 12, 2018