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.”
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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Char Adams