Random, horrific school shootings are becoming more and more common, and no matter the repetitious rhetoric and emotional outpourings of grief and sympathy, the truth is no one really knows what to do about it.

The nation – even the world – seems to be in a permanent funk over this ever-expanding black cloud that hangs over man and womankind. 

Phrases like ‘Enough is enough’ or ‘We’re not going to take it any more’ are repeated by heartbroken survivors and victims families, but that has done little or nothing to change this ugly trend that claims innocent lives for no apparent reason.

Some think more gun control and ever-stringent background checks of those who want to buy guns will solve the problem, while others believe more guns –not fewer – are the answer (i.e. the perpetrators won’t be so bold if they think someone is going to return fire). No matter which side of the issue you support – or something in between – one thing remains depressingly certain: There’s a good chance another massacre at a school (or wherever for that matter) will happen again … and again … and again.

That’s why it was so uplifting to read about an incident that happened recently in the state of Minnesota. It still brings tears to my eyes and puts a huge smile on my face whenever I think about it. I’m sure you’ll agree. The following was written by Whitney McIntosh for SBNATION: (It’s worth reading.)

Winning a big sports game is magical. That seems like a broad statement, but it’s meant to be. You win a huge game, and all of the stress and pent up jitters you’ve been dealing with — for nine innings or two hours or four quarters or whatever length of time you were on the field — get released.

“It is all part of the reason that makes sports celebration videos so awesome to watch. Just a bunch of people instantaneously changing from extremely focused and stressed to overjoyed and without a real sense of what to do with your limbs while you run towards your teammates.

“That’s what happened in an end-of-game video from a Minnesota high school baseball game, a sectional championship between Totino-Grace and Mounds View, according to Minnesota site Bring Me The News.

“The celebration video alone is good, but there’s something happening on the righthand side that’s especially notable.

“That’s winning pitcher Ty Koehn hugging final batter Jack Kocon seconds after striking him out to win the game, rather than going to celebrate with his own teammates after a big win.

“And he wasn’t comforting just any opponent, but a close childhood friend. Koehn said about the hug.

“We are very close friends. Knew him from all the way back when we were 13. We were on the same Little League team. It was tough when we went to separate schools but we kept in touch,” said Koehn.

“I knew the game was going to keep going or it was going to end right there. I knew I had to say something. Our friendship is more important than just the silly outcome of a game. I had to make sure he knew that before we celebrated.

“That’s just really, really sweet,” wrote McIntosh. No cynicism here. You can say ‘there’s more to it than winning and losing’ a thousand times but it’s also beautiful to be reminded of that every now and then. High school athletes inherently knowing that and acting on it is amazing to see.”

Indeed it is. What a great thing for that young man to do. He didn’t shoot him, he hugged him. Imagine that, he hugged him.

Athletes are told at a very young age to always remember: “It’s not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.”

Truer words were never spoken. Thanks fellas for showing all of us how to play the game – of baseball and life.