What an amazing ride for the Big Sky All-Stars.
And what a wonderful ride for our city, county and state. The unheralded team of Little Leaguers exceeded all expectations and then some during its historic summer. The determined players knocked off talented opponent after opponent on an unbelievable march to the U.S. championship game. Along the way, their circle of fans grew from dozens to, well, millions across the nation. Even baseball-savvy observers from around the world embraced the Billings boys’ improbable World Series run.
If there’s ever a reason for the community to turn out for a parade and big celebration, this is it. And that big party has been set for Saturday.
Details for the community celebration are still taking shape and will be released later this week. But you should plan on a boisterous parade that will wind its way through downtown’s streets. The parade will end around 6 p.m., appropriately enough, at one of Billings’ many fields of dreams — Dehler Park. The players and coaches will be recognized, well-deserved honors will be bestowed and some funds will be raised at a ballpark barbecue.
In these days dominated by economic uncertainty, political animosity and societal turmoil, the Big Sky All-Stars’ story reminds us what great things we can accomplish if we work hard, remain focused on the goal, stay humble, treat others with respect and have some fun along the journey. The Billings boys and their coaches exhibited all those qualities and more.
The love for the boys shown by their No. 1 fans, their parents, was on display for all to see. Their sacrifice in time and money to support their children grew with every winning game.
We know that we are blessed to live in a community full of generous people. That fact was again confirmed this month as numerous individuals, businesses and institutions stepped forward with donations of time, facilities, merchandise or money to help the team.
Thank you, Big Sky All-Stars, for taking us on such an exciting, nerve-wracking, enriching and unforgettable journey.
Let’s have a parade!