With a few days off from Little League practice, 10-year-old Beckett O’Malley wanted to work on his hitting.
So last Saturday, his dad Ian looked for a batting cage. He found The Clubhouse in Fairfield.
The door was open. But owner Mike Porzio said, “I’m sorry. We’re closed for the Easter holiday. I’m just here teaching a couple of students.” Ian thought they were high school or college age.
Mike saw the disappointment on Beckett’s face. He quickly changed his mind, and said they could use an area next to where he was teaching — for free.
That was a super-kind gesture, Ian says.
But there was more.
Mike stopped what he was doing, and began teaching Beckett the mechanics of hitting, in a way the boy easily understood.
Mike is the real deal. The Norwalk native pitched for 3 MLB seasons with the Colorado Rockies and Chicago White Sox.
Within minutes, Ian says, his son’s swing was “night and day.” Mike went back to teaching the 2 older athletes.
But there was still more.
With only a net separating the areas, Mike kept an eye on Beckett. He continued offering tips, and words of encouragement.
“Mike was a total game changer,” Ian says.
Literally and figuratively.
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