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CHICAGO -- When Josh Tomlins night was done and he made the walk to?Clevelands dugout, his eyes scanned the Wrigley Field crowd, searching for his dad. Custom Mel Ott Jersey .Jerry Tomlin was there -- at the World Series -- just like they both had dreamed.With his dad watching from a wheelchair, Josh Tomlin pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings Friday night as the Indians spoiled a game?Chicago?fans had waited 71 years to see by blanking the Cubs 1-0 in Game 3 to take a 2-1 lead in the Series.On a historic night in one of baseballs grandest ballparks, the Tomlins story was as sweet as it gets.I knew where he was, and what this meant to him and me and my mom, Josh Tomlin said after Cody Allen struck out Javier Baez for the final out. So it was pretty special, one of the most emotional starts Ive had in my career.Jerry Tomlin nearly died two months ago from a circulatory malformation that has left him paralyzed from the chest down. He spent two months in the Baylor Rehab Institute in Dallas before being released on Joshs birthday, which happened to be the day the Indians clinched the American League pennant.And although he cant walk and faces a daunting future, Jerry wasnt going to miss seeing Josh pitch in the Series.As he sat in Section 122 swallowed by an ocean of Cubs fans, the elder Tomlin couldnt stop smiling.Its hard to put into words, he said about 30 minutes before Josh threw his first pitch. I didnt know what I was going to say when I got here, and I still dont. The way everything panned out and the way people helped me to get here, man, its definitely a dream come true.There was no way I was going to miss this.And his son, who used to pretend he was in the World Series when he threw to his dad in their backyard, pitched the game of their lives.Jerry made the trip to Chicago accompanied by his wife, Elena, who stood in the aisle as game time approached.We both have butterflies, she said. This is a day [Josh] has been waiting for since he was 4 years old. Hes been playing baseball his whole life. What more can you ask for than when your kid gets to live his dream?On his way to the weight room before the game, Josh was told where his parents were sitting along with some friends who helped them transport Jerry from his home in Texas to Chicago.I wanted to know where he was so I could look up and see him, Josh said.And when he felt his mechanics were off or he wasnt doing what he needed to, he looked for his dad.If the game was speeding up to me, just to find that sense of calm there, he said. What hes gone through, I mean, thats nothing to what were going through right now. So to be able to find him and see him in the stands, it kind of calmed me down and just let me go out there and settle into the game and try to go out there and do the best that I could for him.Once again, Josh Tomlin came through for the Indians, holding the Cubs and their fearsome lineup without a run on two hits before he was lifted by manager Terry Francona, who gave him a hug before taking the ball.The Indians entered the postseason down two starters, as both Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar were injured in September, and then when Trevor Bauer cut open his pinkie while repairing one of his drones, Clevelands chances to go very deep in the postseason seemed remote at best.But Tomlin has delivered, entering Fridays game with a 2-0 record and 2.53 ERA.He has been a rock, just like his dad always has been for him.Jerry Tomlin coached Josh until he was in high school, and the 31-year-old, who is the longest-tenured player on Clevelands roster, said he has friends who tell him to this day that his dad was the best coach they ever played for.Josh knew nothing would stop his dad, who fell ill at work in August and initially thought he was having stomach problems. However, doctors were examining him when he lost all the feeling in his lower body from a condition that affects blood vessels on his spine. Surgery saved his life, and Josh left the Indians to be with his dad following the operation.As his dad recovered, Josh kept pitching but his mind was never far from thinking about family.Hes called me a couple times. Never complaining, Jerry said. I told him just go back to work and do what you do. Quit worrying about your dad and go get em.Josh did just that. Wholesale Custom Giants Shirts . The Vancouver coach and an announced sellout crowd of 18,910 watched in dismay as the Canucks lost 7-4 to the New York Islanders on Monday night by squandering a 3-0 lead in the third period. Cheap Custom Giants Jersey . Barcelona also left injured defenders Carles Puyol, Javier Mascherano and Jordi Alba out of its squad for the trip to Glasgow. That means that Marc Bartra will probably start again in the centre of the defence alongside Gerard Pique. http://www.customsfgiantsjersey.com/ . Michell Burger, a woman who lives on an estate next to Pistorius gated community, said she and her husband were awoken by the screams in the pre-dawn hours of Feb. 14 last year, when Pistorius killed Reeva Steenkamp by shooting four times through a door in his bathroom. The NCAA and ACC have both sent a strong message to North Carolina, pulling championship games from the state because of HB2, the controversial law that blocks transgender people from using the bathroom of their choice in government buildings, schools and universities. North Carolinas GOP responded in turn with a statement thats as tone-deaf as it is offensive and desperate.This is so absurd its almost comical, North Carolina Republican Party spokeswoman Kami Mueller said in a statement Monday. I genuinely look forward to the NCAA merging all mens and womens teams together as singular, unified, unisex teams. Under the NCAAs logic, colleges should make cheerleaders and football players share bathrooms, showers and hotel rooms. This decision is an assault to female athletes across the nation. If you are unwilling to have womens bathrooms and locker rooms, how do you have a womens team?This is truly the hottest take Ive ever seen on the slippery slope argument long used to deny LGBT rights -- how, exactly, do you get from unisex bathrooms to unisex teams? But thats not even the most cynical part of the North Carolina GOPs response: I wish the NCAA was this concerned about the women who were raped at Baylor, Mueller continued.The NCAA deserves criticism for failing to protect sexual assault victims across the country. Violence against women is rampant on college campuses, particularly in sports, and victims have long been silenced as their athlete attackers continue to thrive under the protective netting of college sports. (The NCAA pointed to the resources it provides student-athletes on preventing sexual assault and violence, and the North Carolina GOP didnt respond to a request for comment).But its extremely problematic to use the sexual assault cases?at Baylor as a singular barometer for moral comparison. First of all, the NCAA is a wide-ranging organization that can and should have the ability to address more than one issue at once. It doesnt need to choose between preventing violence and fighting discrimination.Moreover, playing the Baylor card effectively gives a pass to any lesser offenses. There are plenty of issuues that dont reach the level of problems?at Baylor. Custom Giants Jerseys. Just because the system failed in Waco, Texas, doesnt mean we should stop trying to make it work elsewhere.I, and countless other sexual assault survivors, would implore the North Carolina GOP not to co-opt our movement for victims rights in order to deny the rights of transgender citizens, many of whom are victims of violence as well. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the LGBT community experiences sexual violence at rates higher than heterosexuals. Human Rights Campaign estimates that nearly half of transgender people will experience sexual violence in their lifetime.In addition to ignoring the plight of sexual assault in the transgender community, the North Carolina GOPs statement is blatantly disingenuous, given the partys history of denying legal protections for assault victims. In 2012, North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr was one of 31 Republicans who voted against the Violence Against Women Act. In 2013, seven representatives from North Carolina voted against a watered-down version of the bill: Renee Ellmers, Walter Jones, Virginia Foxx, Richard Hudson, Robert Pittenger, Mark Meadows and George Holding. And to take it a step further, Jones was one of nine Republican congressmen who voted against a resolution to allow the House to consider any version of the bill at all.North Carolina Republicans are invoking sexual assault victims in order to further an agenda of sexual discrimination. For as loud as its statement against the NCAA sounded, the party has been noticeably silent on sexual assault cases involving players in its home state, most recently the allegations against UNC linebacker Allen Artis.Violence against women is not an appropriate political device, especially when the politicians involved have voting records that clearly reflect an utter disregard for the issue and its victims. The sports world is continually struggling to get it right on sexual violence. Using it as a smokescreen isnt the answer. ' ' ' 

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