Many people will say our Big Sky Little Leaguers' success in the LLWS puts Billings on the map. What the Big Sky coaches and players did was far more important.
They brought an entire community together and for a few magical weeks turned us all into a close-knit family. And as a family watching over our boys, we shined our spirit, the spirit of Billings Mont., onto the rest of the world. We may not have won the whole thing, but we won the hearts of people across our great nation. America has now been formally introduced to us.
So to Gene, Tom and Mark, to the 12 boys who let us call them our own, and to the families sweating it out in the seats of Howard J. Lamade Stadium and in front of their televisions alike, we say thank you. Our boys stood toe to toe with the best in the world and we held our own.