Sports News Without Access, Favor, Or Discretion

ESPN caught Indiana's manager Brett Mann firing his little leaguers up in between innings and it's not only awesome, but exactly what you want to see from little league sports. Yes, he wants to win and he's urging them on so they can win, but he's not talking about "glory" or being a "champion" or any other high-minded objective we've come to associate with, ahem, sport.

He also directs their attention to a shirt, always hung in their dugout, that serves as tribute to a coach and player's father who passed away at an early age after a battle with colon cancer. It's a touching, if not overly sentimental, moment made accessible by Mann's incredulity that his kids would even think to waste their time feeling sorry for themselves.


Just go out, play hard and have some fucking fun and don't worry about results. Hits on 3.

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