CLEVELAND, Ohio — It’s been a hard several weeks for Jerry Tomlin, father of Cleveland Indians starter Josh.
MLB.com reports that in August, Jerry Tomlin became paralyzed from the chest down due to a rare condition involving his blood vessels on his spinal cord. He had emergency surgery, and Josh Tomlin took family medical emergency leave to be there for him.
They haven’t seen each other since.
But Jerry Tomlin has been watching his son as he started in the ALDS and ALCS. Now, their family has learned Jerry Tomlin will be able to travel to Chicago to watch his son in person, as he starts in Game 3 of the World Series.
“He’s always talked about Wrigley Field and Fenway Park, two historical ballparks, being the ones he wants to go see. As a Father’s Day gift, we let my father-in-law and him decide what game they wanted to see, and he was supposed to come to a game in Chicago [at U.S. Cellular Field]. But because of the incident, he wasn’t able to enjoy that gift. So it’s nice to be able to share this with him,” Tomlin said on MLB.com.
Doctors tell Jerry Tomlin he may never walk again. Others say he may be able to recover.
Seeing his son play in the World Series could be some pretty good medicine.