Cubs Fan Enjoys World Series Win from Father’s Grave, Fulfilling Promise
When the Chicago Cubs won the 2016 World Series Wednesday night, it ended a 108-year championship drought. For many, the win brought together generations of Cubs’ fans who suffered through more than a century without a championship, many of whom did not live to see the day when the Cubs finally won the World Series.
For Wayne Williams, Chicago winning the World Series was an opportunity to keep a promise that he made to his father decades ago, that they would be together to enjoy it when the Cubs finally won the World Series.
Unfortunately, Williams’ father, a veteran who served in the Navy and stormed the beach at Normandy before his 18th birthday, died in 1980 at the age of 53. But that didn’t stop Williams from fulfilling his promise.
On Wednesday, Williams drove all day from his home in North Carolina to his father’s grave at Greenwood Forest Lawn Cemetery in Indiana. He pulled out a chair, set up his gear, and sitting alongside his father’s grave, Williams watched Game 7 of the World Series.
“I talked it out with my boys forever. I let them know that I told my dad – we had a pact. When the Cubs – not if, when – the Cubs got into the World Series, we would make sure we listen to the games together,” Williams explains.
Williams says his father was a die-hard Cubs’ fan, and that his heart broke with some of the team’s near misses over the years. He adds that if his father had been alive, he would have also been devastated at some of Chicago’s more recent heart-breaking conclusions, most notably in 1984 and 2003.
Those gut-wrenching experiences for Cubs’ fans is what made it so important for Williams to share the team’s World Series win with his father, the man who passed down his Cubs’ fandom to him.
While Williams chose to enjoy the World Series win with his late father, many other Cubs’ fans have chosen to write the names of loved ones who didn’t live long enough to witness a World Series win on Sheffield Wall at Wrigley Field. The site has now become a touching memorial of sorts.
Following the end of a 108-year drought, it’s amazing to see that Cubs’ fans have not forgotten all the people who were unable to see the dream of a World Series win come true.