Since the Cubs clinched their first World Series title in 108 years, plenty of good stories have popped up about how fans are celebrating the win.
But Wayne Williams just might have the best story of all. He drove all the way from North Carolina to Indiana to watch Game 7 with his father.
Which is nice, but there’s just one catch: His father passed away in 1980.
Still, Williams made a promise to his father — also named Wayne — that when the Cubs won the World Series they would watch together. Wayne kept that promise. Via WHTR in Indianapolis:
“I talked it out with my boys forever,” Williams explained to WHTR. “I let them know that I told my dad — we had a pact. When the Cubs — not if, when — got into the World Series, we would make sure we listen to the games together.”
The drive was over 600 miles, and when the Cubs finally won, Williams stood up and quietly said “we did it,” before placing a Cubs flag next to his father’s grave. It ended years of misery for both son and his father who lived through quite a bit of it with him.
“’69 broke his heart,” he said. “If he hadn’t been dead in (1984), 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.'”
Neither father or son will have to wait anymore.
The Cubs are World Series champions.