NEWS CENTER - It took Portland native Ryan Reid seven seasons of pro baseball, but it was worth the wait.
Four weeks after being called up from Triple A and making his Major League debut on the same day, the Pittsburgh Pirates reliever notched his first MLB save.
Reid said, "It's been a long road, but I can't look back and ever wish something went different, because I wouldn't be where I am today."
From being knocked around the minors for seven years to contributing for the best team in baseball, the Deering alum's best pitch to get to the majors was something he learned off the diamond.
""I think you get to a point in your career where you stop looking to see what other people are doing and start really focusing on yourself and what you do well," said Reid.
It's also a philosophy that was Reid says was reinforced during the offseason when the long-time Tampa Bay Rays prospect signed as a free-agent with Pittsburgh.
"They were straight-shooters. Go down there. Do your work. You're going to get your opportunity. I believed them and sure enough, I didn't necessarily see it coming, but I'm happy it happened," he said.
As are his fellow Mainers in the majors, including a former high school rival from South Portland.
"I just left Seattle where I saw Charlie Furbush and yeah, it was cool. He gave me a congrats and all that. It's definitely fun to be a part of," said Reid.
For someone that took so many hits, it's only fitting he's on a team seeking their first winning season in 20 years, something he and his teammates are relishing with the best record in baseball (51-30).
"To see it come full light and make it up here and everybody be as happy, truly happy as they are for me, it's refreshing. It's awesome."