It may have not been on purpose - but your headline has a bit of racist spin to it.
"Now we up de Big League...gettin our turn at bat"
Referring to old "Jeffersons" theme song about blacks moving up in post-civil rights America.
I think (hope) we've long past the need for that metaphor.
Even worse your theme seems to be "your ALMOST there" - what the heck is the "big league" in your metaphor? The Federal Govt?
Terrible, awful headline.