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Proud of East Texas: Josh Tomlin

WHITEHOUSE, TX (KLTV) -

Like most moms, Josh Tomlin's mother has kept a record of her son's baseball accomplishments, and what a career he's had.

"I started playing baseball when I was four-years-old, so it's been in my life 27 years," says Tomlin.

A star athlete at Whitehouse High School, Angelina College, and Texas Tech, Josh was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 2006.

After four years in the minors, Josh's debut with Cleveland came on July 27, 2010 when he outpitched Yankee pitcher C. C. Sabathia for a 4-1 win.

"That was a pretty special win for me," says Tomlin.

Now you might think that news clippings and trophies would be prominently displayed in Josh's Whitehouse home. But no, it's a mounted deer head that takes center stage in the Tomlin den because it's this deer that brought Josh and his wife Carlie together.

"My dad is a taxidermist and he sent his deer to my dad," says Carlie.

"My dad came home and he said you'll never guess who's deer I'm mounting...Josh Tomlin, a pitcher for the Indians," says Carlie.

Carlie looked Josh up on the internet and liked what she saw.

"I did and I said he's cute," says Carlie.

After a series of telephone conversations, Josh and Carlie met and though Carlie was a little wary about getting involved with a professional athlete, she found Josh to be the same great guy in and out of the spotlight.

As for Josh, he was impressed with Carlie from the beginning.

"She's an outstanding woman, intelligent, beautiful, a great mother, a great wife and she has all the qualities you want in a woman," says Tomlin.

Carlie and Josh were married in January of 2014. Carlie says in a way they live two lives. In off season they live in East Texas for three months, two months in Arizona for spring training, and bout seven months in their Cleveland home during the season.

"He's here for seven days and gone for 10 days at a time. But when he's home baseball is pushed aside for family time," says Carlie.

To get t come home to your family gets to take your mind of anything that was negative in the game," says Josh.

Time away from his family and sports injuries like his Tommy John and shoulder surgeries have been the low points in Josh's career.

However, Josh and Carlie both agree that there are a lot of perks in being a major baseball league family, like travel, fame, multiple homes, wealth and even more important, the fulfillment of boyhood dreams.

"Getting to see him live out his dream, it's awesome that he's able to do that," says Carlie.

Awesome for Josh Tomlin and his awesome family.

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