When Game 7 of the World Series began, Wayne Williams was not in his home in North Carolina. He had driven across the country to Indiana to listen to the game on the radio. He had promised his father many years ago that he'd be there with him.
"I talked it out with my boys forever," Williams told WTHR. "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."
So here he was, right where he said he'd be as the Cubs neared their first World Series title in 108 years, sitting in a lawn chair, with a 'W' flag on the back of it.
But Williams' father wasn't there. He had died in 1980, at the age of 53. Williams was at the Greenwood Forest Lawn Cemetery, by his dad's resting place. The gate was open so Williams drove right in and parked, and then he listened to the game.
His dad was a big Cubs fan.
"'69 broke his heart," he said. "If he hadn't been dead in , that would've done it for him. 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.'"
Now the Cubs are way more than that. They're champions. And Williams kept his promise, sitting there, listening—even if, as he says, his father might not have been as patient.
"Knowing him, no," he said. "He was a hell raiser, baby. He was a hell raiser."