While Wednesday night’s game 7 of the World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians was a huge sporting event for millions of baseball fans, it was a far more personal affair for one North Carolina man.
“I talked it out with my boys forever. I let them know that I told my dad – we had a pact,” Wayne Williams told WTHR-TV in Indianapolis.
“When the Cubs – not if, when – the Cubs got into the World Series, we would make sure we listen to the games together.”
So that’s exactly what Williams did on Wednesday, driving over 600 miles from his home in North Carolina to the Greenwood Forest Lawn Cemetery in Indiana.
With nothing more than his phone, a lawn chair, a flash light and a flag bearing a large “W,” Williams listened to the final game of the World Series next to the grave of his father, Wayne Williams Sr.
Wayne Williams Sr. died in 1980, at the age of 53. He never got to see the Cubs in the World Series again after 1945 – but made a pact with his son that if they ever made it back, they’d watch or listen to the game together.
After the game, Williams was asked if he thought his father was there with him, celebrating the win.
“Knowing him, no,” Williams joked, before suggesting he’d already be partying in the afterlife.
“He was a hell raiser, baby. He was a hell raiser.”
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