December 19, 2013

Ryan Flaherty fields some curveballs from Portland eighth-graders

The Baltimore Orioles player visits his alma mater to talk about friends, video games and his most memorable MLB moment.

By Mark Emmert
Staff Writer

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Portland native Ryan Flaherty of the Baltimore Orioles signs autographs for students at Lyman Moore Middle School after talking about his baseball career Thursday.

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Portland native Ryan Flaherty of the Baltimore Orioles, center, answers questions from the students along with the school’s principal, Stephen Rogers, right, on Thursday.

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• Most memorable MLB moment: “Playing in Fenway Park for the first time was pretty special. Playing in a playoff game in Yankee Stadium, that was pretty cool (Flaherty homered in that 2012 game). We’re from New England and obviously you’ve heard a lot about the Yankees and Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park, so those were two cool things.”

• Favorite NBA player: “I’m a Celtics fan. You have to say (Rajon) Rondo. He’s the only guy that’s still there.”

That last response drew the loudest cheers of the morning from the students.

But Aidan Richman found the whole appearance inspiring.

“It’s nice having him in here,” the eighth-grader said. “It’s a good example of what it means to be successful coming from humble roots.”

Lini Ben dreams of playing in the NBA, and was surprised to learn that a professional athlete got his start at Lyman Moore.

“I had never heard of him,” Ben said. “I was really amazed that he came from here, and now he’s famous.”

Flaherty offered the students some perspective about what it means to be popular.

“Who says who’s popular? There’s no such thing as that in my mind,” Flaherty said. “Find your own niche. Find what you like to do and that’s what’s popular.”

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Portland native Ryan Flaherty of the Baltimore Orioles shares recollections of teachers and classes during a talk at Lyman Moore Middle School in Portland on Thursday.

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