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The best viral high school baseball video brings out worst in Internet

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The Internet eventually turns ugly on just about everything.

Even the most beautiful of sentiments turn into someone’s punchline. Or, worse, elicit a seemingly unfathomable, knee-jerk hatred. And stupidity.

Take for instance the latest sports video to catch social media fire. A high school pitcher strikes out a childhood friend to clinch a trip to the Minnesota state championship.

As his team celebrates on the field behind him, pitcher Ty Koehn races to home plate to give friend Jack Kocon a hug and some words of encouragement. It only lasts a few seconds before Koehn joins his teammates in celebration.

The video, shot by Kocon’s friend Jim Moberg, spread across the Internet and warmed hearts with its show of sportsmanship, friendship and nice manners.

“Our friendship is more important than just the silly outcome of a game,” Koehn told BringMeTheNews.com. “I had to make sure he knew that before we celebrated.”

Apparently, for some, that’s not good enough.

Mets minor league pitcher Anthony Kay called the moment of sportsmanship ‘soft.’

He wasn’t the only one. Chris Marino, who at least uses a name on Twitter, was disgusted too. It was just too soon for Marino, who uses the Twitter handle @MarinoNYC, for an athlete to show compassion.

“Soft. There’s no competitive nature in young athletes anymore,” he wrote. “There’s a time and a place to be a good friend.”
— Chris Marino (@marinonyc) June 11, 2018

Never mind, as many on Twitter pointed out, that Koehn had actually just shown all of the ‘competitive nature’ he needed by striking out Kocon. But that’s not good enough for some, apparently. The opponent needs to be despised, even after the final out is recorded.

Of course, there were other ridiculous, soul-crushing reactions, including an apparent parody account that goes by @3YearLetterman that has fooled many (including an earlier version of this story) with his over-the-top animus towards the video.

“This makes me shake with rage the more I see it,” he wrote on Twitter. “As I said elsewhere, this offends me as a youth football coach who preaches killer instinct to my players. I would make a player who did this hold his championship ring as I blowtorch it and melt it, because he doesn’t deserve it.”

There have been plenty of valiant efforts by others to offer up the appropriate disgust. But you know how that goes. It never ends.

Thanks, Internet!

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