Mets pitcher Matt Harvey fulfills dream he set out in high school

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GROTON, Conn. – The year was 2005 and Fitch High School baseball player Matt Harvey was asked what he would like to be doing in 10 years.

"I would still like to be playing baseball, live in a nice apartment and have a nice life," Harvey said.

So in 2015, Harvey is living the dream as he is pitching in the World Series.

Mike Portis has known Harvey since he was born and coached him for 17 years as the assistant coach at Fitch High School. He was the assistant to head coach Ed Harvey who happens to be Matt's father. Mike was also Harvey's third grade physical education teacher and remembers how Harvey stood out from the rest of the kids.

"In the third grade I would give out baseball cards," Portis said. "Matt would always pick out a card, look at the pitcher's stats and say I'm going to be better than he is."

The trophy case at Fitch High School is a monument to Harvey's accomplishments. A bat honoring his three all-state and two All-American awards along with pictures of the 2005 state championship game. That year Harvey batted nearly .400. His father Ed wanted his son to know the fundamentals of baseball on the mound and at the plate.

Before Harvey became famous, one of his first jobs was on Main Street in Mystic, Connecticut. The place was Mystic Pizza, which specializes in pizza, calzones and other tasty delicacies but was made famous by the 1988 movie "Mystic Pizza" staring Julia Roberts.