Saturday's second annual Guns 'n Hoses charity softball game was, like last year, a big success, and many thanks go to the community for its giving spirit and to those who participated and supported a good cause.
It was a jam-packed first Saturday of June, and success was reported at events across the board, including events such as KidFest, Aztec Fiesta Days, the Aztec geotourism debut, Ducks for Bucks, the API golf tournament and even a busy flea market at the Bonnie Dallas Senior Center.
Fun was had by all, to use the old saying.
Meanwhile, Ricketts Park played host to a wonderful event that began with an inaugural affair last year to benefit the Glove with Love program, which is a fun, recycling-type effort to collect used baseball gloves and equipment for kids who can't afford their own, and for adults in the Special Olympics.
Many donors also go out and buy new gloves, while hundreds of you have cleaned out your closets, garage or storage bins and donated what you don't use anymore. This is a crazy baseball town, so the donations have remained steady since the Glove program began just a few years ago.
That's good, because the need remains steady, too.
Last year, the first Guns 'n Hoses game, which features police vs. firefighters, collected enough equipment that we were able to outfit every single Special Olympian with their own glove to keep in the summer games and state tournament. Also, quite a few local foster-care children and youth league players who couldn't otherwise afford a glove got one from the Glove with Love collection.
The Daily Times stores the equipment and co-sponsored the game Saturday.
The city of Farmington provided Ricketts Park and allowed its off-duty fire and police crews to participate. Police Chief Kyle Westall and Fire Chief Terry Page helped create and promote the game. Parks and recreation director Jeff Bowman helped prepare the stadium. District Attorney Rick Tedrow ran the scoreboard, and dozens of other volunteers manned the concession stand and souvenir booth.
Special Olympians played during the first two innings in a mini "unity game" before the heated rivalry match took place, and it was a clear thrill to them to have their name called out on the loudspeakers by a professional stadium announcer, right after a talented singer performed the national anthem.
But the real heroes are those of you who donate, which you still can at The Daily Times or any city fire station, and those of you who give your time to support our youth and Special Olympians.
In a baseball town like Farmington, it's rewarding to see people take and give back to help share love of the game.
Thanks, and play ball!