Hometown Hero: A mother’s love for her late son helped inspire Cubs’ C.J. Edwards

(Story written by The State's Matt Connolly)

An emotional C.J. Edwards enthusiastically waved a Cubs' "W" flag at Progressive Field in Cleveland early Thursday morning, minutes after the Chicago Cubs clinched their first World Series title in 108 years.

Moments earlier, Edwards had recorded two of the three outs in the 10th inning of Game 7 as the Cubs held on for an 8-7 win against the Indians.

Cubs fans around the world joined Edwards in displaying their "W" flags with a sense of pride following the victory. After decades of coming up short, the Cubs were world champions.

More than 600 miles from Cleveland in Edwards' hometown, Sherry Bedenbaugh watched with tears rolling down her face as Edwards paraded around the field. She understood the significance of the "W" and what Edwards and the Cubs had just accomplished, but the "W" had an additional meaning for her – Will.


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