There are good ways to take a loss and then there are humiliating ways to take defeat, this High School Japanese baseball team have just partaken in the latter.
The coaches job in any sport is obviously to deal with his players after wins and losses with the intention to keep an even keel, to take both victory and defeat graciously.
However the coach of this Japanese baseball team felt the need to teach his players a lesson after a devastating loss and he devised a plan that will surely remain the heads of his players for a long time to come.
Noshiro Shoyo High School baseball team were made to stand outside in a torrential downpour after a damaging loss in order to personally thank every fan returning home from the game for their support during the contest.
Losing really isn't be fun but when your coach makes you contemplate the defeat in a monsoon it's a lot worse, the players who watched every car go by the stadium after the game must still be drying themselves off now.
Brian Ashcraft of Kotaku reports that the team were ordered by their head coach to stand on the curb during the rain to thank cars as they went pass for their support of the team.
The loss was painful because Noshiro Shoyo were playing for a chance to make the national tournament, the group of players would wait for every vehicle and simultaneously bow and say "Thank you", apologising for a defeat that let their fans down.
It is being reported that the act by the team has been described as 'honourable in defeat' by fans around Japan, Ashcraft writes that the show of gratitude has been well received.
Appreciation of your fans and supporters is an vital custom in Japan and this particular High school Baseball team took the morality of the situation as very important to them.
Ashcraft wrote: "Online in Japan, many people praise [Noshiro Shoyo]’s actions, saying they took defeat with honor. ‘I have such deep respect for this team,’ wrote Twitter user baseball319_t. Another Twitter user wrote that this was [the] ‘most polite team’ around.”
Tough lessons for these aspiring baseball players to learn but hopefully the loss will see them grow and improve, if not they may be needed their umbrella for their next game.