When Ty Koehn struck out his childhood friend to earn a trip to the state baseball tournament, he had no idea that the moment would be captured on camera and turned into one of the best feel-good stories of the year.
More than a month since BMTN first shared the moment, the story's viral momentum took Koehn and his friend, Jack Kocon, to ABC's Good Morning America.
Video from the vital game between Mounds View and Totino-Grace went national after Koehn ran to embrace his old friend Kocon after striking him out to secure the win that sent Mounds View to the state tournament last month.
The pair joined Robin Roberts for an in-studio interview on Wednesday, where they were surprised by a message from Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb, who informed them that ESPN has selected them as honorary recipients of an ESPY Award.
The duo were left speechless – particularly the Packers fan Koehn (Kocon, sensibly, supports the Vikings).
The pair also revealed in the interview that after Koehn struck Kocon out to give Mounds View the win that sent them to the state tournament, Kocon never saw his old friend running towards him to embrace him.
"I was really surprised. At first I didn't even realize it was Ty, I thought it was one of my teammates," Kocon said. "When I looked up and I saw it was him, that just meant the world to me. In 20 years, I won't remember the score of the game, but I'll remember what Ty did for me."
Here's the moment captured on film by John Hakes that went viral.