Parents Make For Great Cheerleaders

1 decade 3 years 6 months ago Sunday, August 20 2006 Aug 20, 2006 Sunday, August 20, 2006 10:14:48 PM CDT August 20, 2006 in Sports

"The baseball people are typically superstitious, so we were warming up in the semi-final game against Nebraska and there was an eagle above, so we said 'We got to get this.' It wasn't over the other team, it was above our guys, so we filmed the eagle," said Beau Burkett's dad, Tom.

"We went to the bowling alley, we found him hanging around, so me and my dad just brought him and then I brought him to one of my games and my brother hit a homerun. He hit a grand slam, so we called him Jeffrey the Rally Monkey," said Jeffrey's sister, Lindsey.

Jeff Osborne cheers for his son John every game in left field with a good luck cigar. Some of these parents needed more than good luck to even get to Williamsport.

"This is something that we didn't budget or plan for. And obviously it's a relatively expensive venue to come to. But I can't say enough about what the people in Columbia did, not only financially but also emotionally getting behind this team and these kids," he said.

The best part for the Columbia parents is watching their kids play baseball on center stage, Howard J. Lamade Stadium, a field fit for baseball kings.

Osborne added, "When I stepped on the field, I cried. Mainly because son stood on the field and said 'I'm in baseball heaven.'"

That heartfelt emotion for little league baseball gives the Daniel Boone All-Stars the best cheerleaders in Williamsport. The parents of the kids just want to say thanks again to all the people who helped raised nearly $10,000 for the trip to Williamsport.

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