Indians-Cubs World Series: Josh Tomlin's paralyzed father will be at his Game 3 start

Game 3 of the World Series is going to be a special one for Cleveland Indians right-hander Josh Tomlin. Sure, it'll be his first World Series start, and the first World Series game played at Wrigley Field in 71 years. But there's more to it than that.

Namely, Tomlin will have someone special in attendance watching him pitch -- his father Jerry, who was paralyzed from the waist down in August. Here's the scoop, courtesy a nice Zack Meisel feature:

Jerry was working at a power plant in Whitehouse, Texas, in August when he felt a burning sensation in his stomach. Ultimately, that feeling vanished. So, too, did every feeling from his chest down to his toes.

Tomlin received word that his father had fallen ill, and it took some time for doctors to determine that Jerry suffered an arteriovenous malformation, a tangle of blood vessels on his spinal cord, which required surgery.

Doctors haven't been able to determine whether Jerry will ever regain his ability to walk. But that won't stop him from seeing his son start a World Series game -- an important one at that, since Tomlin could well put the Indians up by a 2-1 margin in the best-of-seven series.

As if Tomlin wasn't going to be juiced in the first place.

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R.J. Anderson joined CBS Sports in 2016. He previously wrote for Baseball Prospectus, where he contributed to five of the New York Times bestselling annuals. His work has also appeared in Newsweek and... Full Bio

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