GREENWOOD, Ind. – A North Carolina man spent an entire day driving to this father’s grave in Greenwood, Indiana to fulfill a promise they made years ago.
“We had a pact,” Wayne Williams told WTHR. “When the Cubs — not if, when — the Cubs got into the World Series, we would make sure we listen to the games together.”
Williams set up camp at the Greenwood Forest Lawn Cemetery. Sitting in the dark in a lawn chair, he laid a flashlight in the grass to illuminate his dad’s headstone as he listened to Game 7 on his iPhone.
His dad, also named Wayne Williams, died at age 53 in 1980. He was a Navy veteran.
“World War II, he was a signalman,” Williams said. “He was at Normandy, D-Day +8. He had not turned 18 yet.”
The two were big Cubs fans together.
“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.'”