MERRILLVILLE | Baseball is not Jeff Myszak's life.
He has a wife and family, and a full-time job as a Schererville police officer.
But he still has baseball dreams. A little more than a week ago, one of them came true.
"I've been wanting to do this for a long time, and we finally pulled it off," Myszak said three days after he officially opened the Indiana Elite Baseball and Softball Facility, located on 8224 Wright St. behind the Lexus dealership in Merrillville.
"I have a lot of passion for the game," Myszak said. "I grew up around the game and I still want to be a part of it."
Myszak played for Lake Central before continuing his career at Saint Joseph's College. He later was the hitting coach at Calumet College for three years, working for his father, Tony Myszak, who was the Crimson Wave's head coach.
Myszak is currently Lake Central's junior varsity baseball coach. He also coaches in the Schererville Baseball League.
He knows he's entering a crowded field with a bevy of baseball and softball indoor complexes already established in Northwest Indiana.
"But I have been paying attention to a lot of these places, and taking note of what they do right and what they do wrong," Myszak said. "One thing we wanted to do is make sure we have enough space. We have 62,000 square feet, we have enough cages, and we have room for whole teams to train here."
Myszak is currently rounding up a staff of instructors. Among those already on board are Neal Frendling, who played six seasons in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, and Andy Loomis, who was promoted to Triple A last season in the Baltimore Orioles organization. Both will be available for pitching lessons.
"We plan to provide more than one-on-one instruction here, Myszak said. "If we can also promote core values in our training, I believe it could help a lot of kids in the area."
Myszak said that his facility will also cater to adults.
"One of the things we're going to do is have an adult wiffleball league," he said. "A lot of people find that it's fun to play when they play it again."
Finally opening the doors for business was kind of like manufacturing a run in baseball. Myszak had to go from base to base with a succession of BZA and town council meetings before he reached home plate.
Actually, there are two plates which adorn the landscape in front of the building.
"They look real cool during the day and when they're well-lit at night," Myszak said of the two giant-sized outlines embedded in the lawn. "We're going to put real home plates in the middle of them like they have at (Detroit Tigers' home field) Comerica Park."