CHICAGO -- Indians pitcher Josh Tomlin is one of the best in the world at what he does in his day job, but his greatest gift is in how he creates smiles. His sunrise personality is the perfect mixture of Jimmy Stewart and the Pharrell Williams anthem "Happy", with the best available dollop of Texas twang. If he was your neighbor, he'd be the first to pull your car out of the mud with his pickup, or collect your mail when you're away, carefully arranging everything chronologically.
So after he got the word that his father would be able to attend his start in Game 3 of the World Series today and chatted excitedly with a reporter about his family's plans, well, there was no such thing as a dark corner in the Indians' clubhouse. He wondered hopefully if there would be a place for Jerry Tomlin's wheelchair at Wrigley Field, and when he was assured that yes, there were areas for handicapped fans and that the Cubs' organization undoubtedly would do anything they could to help, Josh Tomlin's face brightened like a White House Christmas tree lighting up. "That's great," he said.
The 6-foot-1 right-hander has become the pivotal figure in the World Series for the Indians, who split the first two games with the Cubs in Cleveland.