The Little League World Series is well under way. And, while many of the teams are making headlines for their efforts, it's the bond between one father and son duo that's tugging on heartstrings this week.
During a game against Italy earlier this week, Joel Jensen, who coaches the Northwest team from Bend, Oregon, visited his son, Isaiah, on the pitcher's mound to give him a word of encouragement.
"I just came out to tell you how much I love you — as a dad and a player," Jensen says to Isaiah in a touching video of the interaction. "You're doing awesome out here."
After advising his son to "cheer up" and "have some fun," Jensen returned to the bullpen. Jensen's team later went on to win the game 6-2.
In a Facebook post about his team advancing to Williamsport, Pennsylvania for the series, Jensen showed the same pride in his entire team as he showed in his son during the game.
"I'll tell you all this, this team has reached its Mecca," Jensen wrote in the post. "We, of course, will still try with everything we have to win. But, another win will not validate our season. It's already been validated...We are in full fun and giving it everything we got mode."
"Our season was special because of the journey. A journey I'd take with these boys and their families all over again."
Now this is the coach we all wish our kids could have.