WALLA WALLA -- Eric O'Flaherty fans have the chance to meet the Atlanta Braves reliever and get their memorabilia autographed by the left-hander at the Wa-Hi boys basketball game against Kamiakin tonight.
The event, the first of the Big Blue Boosters' new alumni awards honoring former Blue Devils who went on to professional athletic careers, includes a presentation to O'Flaherty of a framed Wa-Hi baseball jersey with plaque prior to the 7:30 p.m. game.
Tonight's event will be followed by a similar presentation to former Blue Devils and pro football players Drew Bledsoe and Dean Derby at halftime of Wa-Hi's home game against Eisenhower on Jan. 29.
O'Flaherty, a 2003 Wa-Hi graduate, will be available to sign memorabilia during the game, Big Blue Boosters past president Scott Krivoshein said.
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"The Big Blue Boosters felt we haven't done anything for the seven pro players that went through this (Wa-Hi's) system," Krivoshein said of the presentations. "It was sad we had no memorabilia for them. And we wanted to make sure the guys know they are appreciated for their pro -- as well as high school and college -- careers."
The Big Blue Boosters are having a new display case built, which will house memorabilia from Wa-Hi grads who continued their athletic endeavors into college and beyond. The exact qualifications for inclusion are still being hammered out, Krivoshein said.
O'Flaherty was 2-1 with a 3.04 ERA, striking out 39 and walking just 18, in 78 relief outings for the Atlanta Braves in 2009.