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Lowell Sun

Future Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Glavine never forgets his roots ... or a friend.

Billerica Little Leaguer Eddie Tierney was one of only two players selected from an invited group of 45 who tried out in Marlboro last fall for the Baseball Factory National Team.

The team will compete in the Pirate City Spring Training and Competition in Bradenton, Fla., later this month.

The catch was Tierney had to raise $1,999 to fund the trip. He authored a thoughtful letter asking for support from the public.

"As you can imagine, I am very excited to have made this prestigious team of outstanding baseball players," the eighth-grader wrote. "I will be competing against the best players in the country and will be coached by professional baseball players and pro scouts.

"I've trained for years with the hopes and dreams of playing with the best. This great experience will help me reach my highest potential and receive recognition to help me play college baseball."

Less than two months later, Tierney, who fired a perfect game for the Cubs and fanned 15 of the 18 batters he faced -- including the last 13 -- on Opening Day in the Billerica Little League last spring, had reached his financial goal.

One of the contributors was Glavine, the former Billerica High star and winner of 305 major-league games.

"This looks like it will be fun! Good luck," Glavine wrote in a note that accompanied his check.

Glavine and Eddie's dad, also named Ed, have been longtime friends, and the family has a photograph of the ace Braves' left-hander holding young Eddie when the boy was just three months old. (View Photo)

Glavine's parents, Fred and Millie, and his sister Debbie and her husband, John McBride, also sent generous donations.