Little League World Series coach has amazing message for team after heartbreaking loss
By Jay Dillon
On Monday night, the eyes of ESPN were all on Cleveland where rookie Johnnie Manziel battled for a starting job with the Browns and made headlines for his one finger salute. But they also were on a small town in Pennsylvania where the good sports lesson is resonating.David Belisle is the coach of the Rhode Island team in the Little League World Series. On Monday night, Rhode Island battled against Illinois but fell in a heartbreaker, 8-7 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.After the game, Belisle gathered his team and had words of inspiration for his brave team.Here's part of what he said:"We got down to the nitty gritty, we're one of the best teams in the world. Think about that for a second -- the world!"We need to go see our parents, because they're so proud of you. I want everyone to come in here for one big hug and then we're going to go celebrate. We're going to celebrate with our parents, and then tomorrow we're going to celebrate and come home to a big parade."I love you guys. I'm going to love you forever. As Manziel gave the Washington bench a brief glimpse of his feelings for the team, Belisle reminds his team about being a good sport and losing with grace.
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