Before the video was even posted online and well before it went viral, Dylan Lamb’s big-league brother gave him a call.
Washington had just defeated Cal State Fullerton with a walk-off sacrifice fly, clinching the program’s first College World Series berth. Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb, a former Husky, was talking to Dylan no more than 15 minutes later.
Neither could keep it together.
“It was pretty emotional for a while,” said Dylan, a Washington freshman. “I was watching Jake play when there was no stadium at Husky Ballpark. It was just gravel and wood benches. … It just says a lot about how far we’ve come as a program the last decade. And just the former players, what they’ve done for this program and how they’ve built it up.”
Then Jake sent Dylan the video.
It was raw footage of Jake reacting to the final out. He was jumping all over the room, fist-pumping and yelling. The Instagram post had more than 34,000 views. It eclipsed 700,000 views once someone shared it to Twitter.
“I think it was maybe the best moment we’ve had in the nine years that I’ve been here,” Washington coach Lindsay Meggs said.
Because Lamb hasn’t put on the Washington uniform in six years. Because he’s already pretty well-accomplished in five MLB seasons. Because it’s a genuine response of elation, joy and exuberance.
“Seeing him react that way, it just shows you how important it is to people in our Husky baseball community,” Meggs said.
Dylan found that out firsthand, too. He said he heard from former players of seemingly every era. Fans, too. That hit home.
But what especially struck Dylan were the responses from those who didn’t have a connection to his family or the program. Jake’s video was picked up and circulated by most major national sports websites.
“I got a lot of comments of people saying this made me tear up and I’m not even related to you guys,” Dylan said. “That was pretty cool to see that. It impacted more people than just me.”
Jake isn’t expected to make the trip to Omaha to root on Washington from the stands this week, Dylan said. But he’ll be watching on TV. Ready to celebrate again.
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