It’s not whether you win or lose – it’s how you play the game. And for one baseball coach, it’s also how you cheer up your young team.
The Cumberland American from Rhode Island lost a nail-biter to Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West in a Little League World Series match on Monday, falling 8-7, according to the Providence Journal.
But coach David Belisle’s post-game speech to his tearful players has gone viral with its message of hard work, hometown pride and, above all, love.
“The only reason why I’ll probably end up shedding a tear is ’cause this is the last time I’ll probably end up coaching you guys,” Belisle said. “But I’m gonna bring with me, and the coaches staff is gonna bring back, and you guys are gonna bring back, something that no other team can provide but you guys. That’s pride.”
“You’re gonna take that for the rest of your life what you provided for a town in Cumberland. You had the whole place jumpin’, you had the whole state jumpin’, you had New England jumpin’, because you want know why? They like fighters. They like sportsmen. They like guys who don’t quit. They like guys who play the game the right way. We got down to the nitty gritty. We’re one of the best teams in the world.”
ESPN cameras caught the cute huddle and the rest of Belisle’s inspiring words. Watch them below: