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Baseball is a sport that has at times bonded entire states, towns and families. The love for the game is passed down from generation to generation.
"Baseball is in my blood," 11-year-old Andrew Williams said. He means it. "My grandfather played it. My uncles, all of them played it," he added. His dad played baseball with a passion, too.
It was a love of the game that was bonded a father and his sons â?? Andrew, 14-year-old Michael and 16-year-old Coleman. It's a painful irony that Greg Williams would contract and ultimately succumb to a disease forever linked to baseball â?? Lou Gehrig's disease.
What the family thought would be a lifetime of playing time together was quickly reduced to months. Diagnosed last summer, Greg passed away on June 3. "It was one of the hardest times and lowest points of our lives, but it was also one of the closest times we've ever been together," Coleman said.
Despite Greg's passing, the family knows their father is still with them, watching over every at bat. They know he was looking over that baseball diamond on Father's Day, when his son, Andrew, accomplished a remarkable feat: two home runs in one game.
Watch the video above to see the emotional reaction of the Williams family to a game that will forever be seared into the hearts and memories of a loving family. "When I hit that second home run," Andrew remembered, "I thought, 'Yup, my dad is definitely with me."
And if there was ever any doubt, this family now knows their loving father will always be proudly watching over every at bat.
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