Little League coach visits son on mound just to tell him he loves him

Tuesday August 23rd, 2016

Crushing Little League managers for not caring about the kids on the field is an easy take. Sure, you’ve got some adults that are far too into winning, but there are far more that are there to help and support their young ballplayers.

Count Joel Jensen of Oregon among those good-hearted coaches. His son, Isaiah, was cruising through five innings in a consolation game against Italy at the Little League World Series and decided he wanted to tell him he loved him.

So, Joel walked to the mound just to say that.

Why don’t more big-league managers go out just to tell their pitchers they love them? When was the last time Mike Matheny told Adam Wainwright how much he appreciated him during an outing? Smh.

– Kenny Ducey

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