ESPN is always stretching pretty hard for heart warming moments during the Little League World Series programming. Sometimes they knock it out of the park (emphasis on sometimes). This was one of those times.
Jacob Coolbaugh plays for the Soutwest Region’s representative in the LLWS out of San Antonio, TX. Jacob’s pretty good, but what was even better was the moment he honored his late father during his game. Jacob’s dad, Mike Coolbaugh was tragically killed after being hit with a line drive while coaching third base. He was coaching first base for the Tulsa Drillers (Double A) back in 2007 when the incident occurred.
I actually recall when this happened way back in the day. Even if you don’t, the changes that came form this incident have become second nature. Mike Coolbaugh’s passing put into motion new safety measures for coaches, most notably base coaches wearing helmets while on the field.
Minor league coach Mike Coolbaugh wore #29 when he was killed by a line drive. His son will wear #29 to the LLWS. pic.twitter.com/e2unafx9YA
— Outside The Lines (@OTLonESPN) August 15, 2016
Hard not to root for the kid. Well done by ESPN on this one. And most of you know how hard it is for me to give props to ESPN. Jacob wears number 29, the same number his dad wore in his days on the field.