Hours before the Chicago Cubs took the field for the final game of a historic World Series, 68-year-old Wayne Williams Jr. made the 650-mile drive from his home in North Carolina to Indiana to keep a promise to his father, the News & Observer reports. "We had a pact," Williams tells WTHR. "When—not if, when—the Cubs got into the World Series, we would make sure we listen to the games together." So on Wednesday night, there was Williams sitting in a folding chair in the dark next to his father's grave in the military section of an Indiana cemetery, watching the Cubs win their first championship in 108 years on his phone and flying a W flag.
Wayne Williams Sr., who died of cancer in 1980, served in WWII in the Navy, picking it over the Army because he figured he could always swim to shore if his boat sank. “He was always unrealistic in some of his thinking,” his son says. “Hence a Cub fan.” Williams says he thinks this is just the first of many Cubs titles to come. “I really believe—of course now I’m channeling my dad—I think it’s going to be a dynasty,” he says. Meanwhile, people are writing the names of Cubs fans who didn't live to see Wednesday's victory on a brick wall at Wrigley Field, Deadspin reports. "For all the Cubs fans that didn't get a next year," one message reads. (Read more uplifting news stories.)