El Paso child becomes El Paso Chihuahuas player for a day
The El Paso Chihuahuas signed a new player to a one-day contract.
On Thursday morning, 11-year-old Malakhi Jaloma-Portillo officially became a professional baseball player for the day.
"It makes me feel happy," he said. "I'm very surprised and I'm very happy that all the effort everyone put in, their time to come here and see me."
Malakhi is a regular patient at Providence Children’s Hospital. His mother said he's being treated for ulcerative colitis, a hole in his intestine. He's had 13 hospital visits over the last year and a half.
Chico, the Chihuahuas mascot, and some of the Triple-A team’s players showed up, surprising him.
Malakhi first met former Chihuahuas player Travis Jankowski when Jankowski visited the hospital. After Jankowski was called up to the San Diego Padres, Malakhi "filled" his open spot on the roster.
"He's a real strong little boy and he's been through so much in such little time in his life. Nothing gets him down," Gloria Jaloma Portillo, Malakhi's mother, said.
Chico, the Chihuahuas mascot, and some of the Triple-A team’s players showed up, surprising him. Malakhi joined in on batting practice before the team took on the Fresno Grizzlies on Thursday night.
"It means the world to us," Gloria Jaloma Portillo said. "We'll never forget this for the rest of our lives."