EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - Josh Tomlin of Whitehouse is the starting pitcher for the Cleveland Indians. That's the kind of job every little boy who plays baseball dreams of.
Tomlin loves baseball, but what's even more important to him is being a husband to wife, Carlie, and father to daughters, Mckenzie and Myla
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," Josh said.
A star athlete at Whitehouse High School, Angelina College and Texas Tech, Josh was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 2006. After 4 years in the minors, Josh's debut with Cleveland came on July 27, 2010 when he out pitched Yankee pitcher C.C. Sabathia, for a 4-1 win.
"It was a pretty special moment for me," Josh said.
Now, you might think that news clippings and trophies would be prominently displayed in Josh's Whitehouse home, but, it's a mounted deer head that takes center stage in the Tomlin den, because this is the deer that brought Josh and his wife Carlie together.
"My dad is a taxidermist and he sent his deer to my dad," Carlie said.
Since Carlie lived in Georgia, the couple would probably never have met without the deer.
"My dad came home and he said you'll never guess who's deer I'm mounting... Josh Tomlin, a pitcher with the Indians," Carlie said.
Carlie looked Josh up on the internet and liked what she saw.
"I did and I said, 'Oh, he's cute,'" Carlie added.
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
Josh said, "She's an outstanding woman, intelligent, beautiful, a great mother, a great wife and she has all the qualities you want in a woman."
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 3 months, 2 months in Arizona for spring training camp and about 7 months in their Cleveland home during the season
Even though josh likes to be home with Carlie and their daughters, Mckenzie and Myla, during baseball season, he's gone as much as 10 days at a time., When he is home, baseball is pushed aside for family time.
Josh said, "To get to come home to your family gets to take your mind off of anything that was negative in the game."
Carlie says their lives are very different from what people see on TV shows about sports wives on private planes and at posh restaurants.
She said, "So, most of the time it's McDonalds and a milk shake, if the machine is still on when we get there."
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 league baseball family: perks like travel, fame, multiple homes, wealth,.. and even more important, the fulfillment of boyhood dreams.