Little League coach walks out to mound to tell son he loves him

Get ready to involuntarily say “awwwwwww.”

Isaiah Jensen is a Little League pitcher, and his dad, Joel, is his team’s coach. During a recent World Series game against Italy, Papa Jensen came out to the mound, which in most baseball games means he was going to give the pitcher some advice. But Joel only wanted to tell Isaiah “I love you.”

Joel tells Isaiah he’s doing great, that he loves him “as a son and a player,” and that he’s only got to hang on in the game a little longer, which is certainly not the type of pep talk most pitchers get. 

Is it depressing that a father showing love for his son, what should be a pretty standard occurrence, is considered so newsworthy? Time to unpack the reasons for societal pressure against men showing emotion!

H/T The Big Lead

Jaya Saxena

Jaya Saxena

Jaya Saxena is a lifestyle writer and editor whose work focuses primarily on women's issues and web culture. Her writing has appeared in GQ, ELLE, the Toast, the New Yorker, Tthe Hairpin, BuzzFeed, Racked, Eater, Catapult, and others. She is the co-author of 'Dad Magazine,' the author of 'The Book Of Lost Recipes,' and the co-author of 'Basic Witches.'