Seeing teams lost and get eliminated at the Little League World Series is always heartbreaking. The players are only 11 or 12 years old and have just had their dreams crushed.
What a coach says to his kids in the moments after defeat can have a major impact. Elizabeth (N.J.) coach Jairo Labrador aced that test today.
After his team fell to River Edge (La.) in an elimination game earlier today, Labrador gathered his "Troopers" and delivered the speech of a lifetime.
ESPN shared a clip of his address, which is currently going viral.
"Every single one of you is going to be successful," Labrador said. "For the rest of my life, I'm proud that you guys get to call me coach."
Labrador also thanked his players for the way they represented their community and home state of New Jersey.
"Elizabeth, New Jersey is now known in the best light because of this group of boys, because of you guys and all the work you did," he said.
You can watch the full speech below.
Labrador and his team have nothing to be ashamed of. They made it to Williamsport and managed to win two games before getting knocked out.
They lived out a fantasy that thousands of players and coaches never get the chance to realize.
Hats off to them.