Whitehouse native Josh Tomlin will take the mound at historic Wrigley Field for the Cleveland Indians on Friday in Game 3 of the World Series against the Chicago Cubs.
There’s no bigger stage for MLB players, but to Josh, it’s more than just playing in one of the most anticipated series in history.
Josh’s father, Jerry, will be in the stands to watch his son pitch, according to Cleveland.com.
In August, Jerry was working at a plant in Whitehouse when he suffered as arteriovenous malformation (AVM), leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. AVM is a tangle of abnormal blood vessels connecting arteries and veins in the brain, according to Mayo Clinic. Doctors performed surgery, but are unsure if he’ll ever walk again, Cleveland.com reports.
The Ohio-based website reports Josh hasn’t seen his parents in two months, but talks to them every single day.
Josh spoke to Cleveland.com about the advice and support he’s received from his father:
On Friday, Josh will be playing for more than just millions of fans around the world. He’ll play for more than a World Series banner, ring and trophy. He’ll even play for more than his teammates. He’ll play for the man who taught him everything he knows and who has supported him every step of the way. He’ll play for his father.
Catch Game 3 of the World Series, Friday at 7:08 p.m., only on FOX 51.