One longtime Chicago Cubs fan movingly marked the team’s historic win with his late father — who did not live to see it.
Wayne Williams drove from North Carolina to Indiana on Wednesday to listen to Game 7 of the 2016 Major League Baseball World Series with his father, a Cubs superfan who died more than 35 years ago, WTHR reports.
“I talked it out with my boys forever. I let them know that I told my dad we had a pact,” Williams told the station. When the Cubs — not if, when — the Cubs got into the World Series, we would make sure we listen to the games together.”
So, Williams drove about 600 miles to Greenwood Forest Lawn Cemetery, set up a chair next to his dad’s headstone and listened to the game with his father.
Williams told WTHR that his father, a Navy veteran who died in 1980 at age 53, was a loyal Cubs fan and was always hopeful that the team would win big — despite their lengthy history of losing.
“I’ll never forget one day he said, start of the season, I forget what year it was, ‘This is going to be our year. This is going to be our year. We’re going to be 500,’ ” he said, noting that the team’s near-miss ’69 season “broke his heart.”
The Cubs beat out the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in a dramatic extra-innings game, nabbing their first World Series win since 1908 — and Williams had his big “W” flag ready to fly after the big win.
Despite Williams’ big effort to listen to the game with his dad, he’s slyly dubious about whether his father was following along from the great beyond.
“Knowing him, no,” he said. “He was a hell raiser, baby. He was a hell raiser.”