The following is an editorial from WBRC FOX6 News General Manager Collin Gaston, which first aired on Tuesday, June 19, 2018:
They say those with integrity do the right thing, even when no one is watching. Last week a high school baseball player in Minnesota put integrity on display with thousands watching live, and now hundreds of thousands watching online. If you haven’t yet seen the video of the young pitcher striking out the final batter to advance his team to the state championships, you should seek it out.
You see, it’s not the velocity of the last pitch or the consequences of the last swing that caught everyone’s attention, it was the way the pitcher embraced his friend at the plate following that deciding out. As the pitcher’s team rushed the mound to congratulate him and each other on the win, he ran to home plate to hug the friend he just struck out because as he put it, “Our friendship is more important than just the silly outcome of a game. I had to make sure he knew that before we celebrated.”
The hug was spontaneous, heartfelt and touching. I’m glad we are all able to share in it and learn from it. Sometimes all it takes is a hug.
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