Flynn serving as RailRiders batboy
BY KEVIN WOODRUFF
Wyoming County Press Examiner
When Lackawanna Trail’s Matt Flynn isn’t racking up strikeouts or knocking hits for the baseball team, he’s spending time with another ballclub; the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
That’s because Flynn, 17, serves as a batboy for the Triple-A affiliate to the New York Yankees.
Flynn said so far he has served as a batboy four times for the team and loves his new job.
After Flynn’s dad saw an advertisement for batboys, he asked Flynn is he’d like to go interview.
Flynn immediately said yes, and after getting through the interview, he started the job during the RailRiders first home stand in the newly renovated PNC Field.
“I get to be in the locker room with the players and coaches,” Flynn said. “And get to watch Triple A baseball games, what could be better.”
Though it’s not all fun and games, as Flynn has a list of responsibilities during and after each game.
During the games he has to give baseballs to the umpires, get water for the umpires, and collect the bats after each play is over.
After the game, Flynn said it’s his job to help clean up the dugouts and bullpens.
Flynn said the team has been working around his schedule with school and with the Lion baseball team.
“I usually work on the weekends or when I don’t have baseball,” Flynn said. “But during the summer I’ll be working every day they have a home game.”
Flynn said that it has been a great experience so far getting to be around the players.
One moment that stands out is getting to see Chen Ming-Wang, a former Yankee starter, make his return to the mound with the RailRiders.
He also said that the other players on the team have been polite, and he sometimes gets to talk with them between innings.
Flynn said he’s a huge baseball fan, and that he just enjoys watching the games.
“I like watching the pitching and hitting,” Flynn said. “and just being at the games. I’m a huge baseball fan, playing and watching it.”
And his new job is in a nice setting too. A brand new ballpark.
“The field is beautiful,” Flynn said. “And once the weather gets warmer I think the stadium will be packed.”
Flynn said the new concourse, the fun zone in outfield and updated look will be big attractions for fans.
Flynn himself is a talent baseball player, having played since he was six years old.
He moved up from Christy Mathewson Little League, and has played for the high school since his freshman year.
In Flynn’s sophomore year, he threw a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts in a 10-0 victory over Forest City.
Although Flynn also plays at first base and outfield, he definitely prefers pitching.
“Pitching is definitely my favorite position to play,” Flynn said.