David Belisle, one of the most inspirational coaches in Little League World Series history, speaks to his Cumberland American LL team after it’s crushing 8-7 loss to Jackie Robinson West of Chicago, Illinois.
“I’ve got to see your eyes, guys. There’s no disappointment in your effort, in the whole tournament, in the whole season. It’s been an incredible journey,” he began his two-minute speech. “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 because this is the last time I’m going to end up coaching you guys. But I’m going to bring back with me, the coaching staff is going to bring back, and you guys are going to bring back, something that no one other team can provide but you guys – that’s pride, OK? Pride.
“You’re going to take that for the rest of your life, what you provided for the town of Cumberland. You had the whole place jumping, right? You had the whole state jumping. You had New England jumping. You had ESPN jumping. OK? Because you want to know why? They like fighters. They like sportsmen. They like guys who don’t quit. They like guys who play the game the right way.
“We got down to the nitty gritty. We’re one of the best teams in the world. Think about that for a second – in the world.”