GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Tomko family owns a legacy in Cleveland that has nothing to do with Cincinnati Reds pitcher Brett Tomko, nor does it have anything to do with baseball.
It is all about basketball -- the NBA, the Cleveland Cavaliers.
When Tomko's father, Jerry, was 29 he entered a contest to provide a nickname for the new NBA franchise in Cleveland.
"He not only entered the name Cavaliers with an essay, he drew a logo," said Brett Tomko. "There were 1,800 entries and he won. They not only used his name, Cavaliers, they used the logo he drew, a swash-buckling cavalier."
Jerry Tomko grew up in Cleveland Heights and attended Cleveland St. Joseph High School and stayed in town until his son, Brett, was three.
"We moved to Los Angeles and I'm a huge Lakers fan, but I still have a small soft spot in my heart for the Cavaliers," said Brett.
He has a big soft spot in his heart for the Cincinnati Reds, the team that drafted him in the second round in 1995. Since then, it has been ...