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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Cheering Cherry: Reliever had Pompom-waving Mom 

Posted by James at 10:05 AM ET

A cute story from the Baltimore Sun:
Orioles PithcerAs a young boy, Orioles reliever Rocky Cherry found a poster of a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader while rummaging through his house. Then he found out that his mother had been more than a third-grade Catholic school teacher.

Surprise.

Merry Cherry was part of the famed Cheerleading squad in 1975 and 1976 - three years before her son was born.

"Now that I look back, it was a pretty cool accomplishment," he said. "She's done well with it. She does those reunions and gets to go back, and I get to meet some of the newer cheerleaders because she's hanging out with them, so that's a good thing.

"When she first did it, it actually was a real big deal. She got paid very well, and they flew her to a lot of places to do car shows and boat shows and stuff like that. It was a great opportunity for her, and she really enjoyed it."

Not only isn't Cherry the first celebrity in his family, he doesn't even have the coolest name. That distinction goes to his mother.

"With a name like that," he said, "I guess you're destined to be a Cheerleader."

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