LLWS Coach gives moving speech to heartbroken kids after loss
AUG 19, 2014 9:23a ET
With heavy hearts and watery eyes, the Cumberland American Little League baseball team of Cumberland, RI, gathered around coach David Belisle after a crushing 8-7 defeat in an elimination game Monday to Jackie Robinson West of Chicago.
While the young ballplayers grappled with the shock of falling only a few games shy of their dream, Belisle assuaged much of that bitterness with an uplifting message that's sure to make parents and athletes smile.
In a nutshell, Belisle praised them for fighting until the bitter end and that they had made their families and Cumberland proud. And he thanked the "Boys of Summer" for giving the old man a memory he'd treasure forever.
Here's an excerpt:
“Heads up high. Heads up high. I’ve gotta see your eyes, guys. There’s no disappointment in your effort — in the whole tournament, the whole season. It’s been an incredible journey.
“We fought. Look at the score – 8-7, 12-10 in hits. We came to the last out. We didn’t quit. That’s us! Boys, that’s us!
“The only reason why I’ll probably end up shedding a tear is that this is the last time I’m going to coach you guys. But (what) I’m going to bring back with me, the coaching staff is going to bring back, you guys are going to bring back that no one other team can provide – that’s pride. Pride.
Though sometimes subject to the drama of parents living vicariously and coaches behaving badly, youth sports are an incredible force of good thanks to people like Coach Belisle who see the big picture.