KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There is a special bond between fathers and sons attending baseball games together. Dave McDougall attended games in Florida with his two sons — Tommy and Johnny. He promised his sons that he would take them across the country to visit all the major league ballparks.
"I thought I had plenty of time my sons were young,” said Dave McDougall.
However, his oldest son, nine-year-old Johnny, died of a brain aneurysm three years ago.
So, Dave set out to fulfill his promise to his sons and visit all the ballparks. At each ballpark, he spreads a portion of his son's ashes
On Memorial Day, he attended the Kansas City Royals game at Kauffman Stadium and spread his son's ashes in a private moment during the seventh inning at an undisclosed location at Kauffman Stadium.
“It is a tribute and it wholly is to honor him and to teach his brother that we keep our promises no matter what that’s how it feels. Just passing to my other son the values I try to instill in my first son,” said McDougall.
When his younger son, Tommy, is not in school he travels with his dad.
They collect bumper stickers at each stadium and place them on their Volkswagen van. Dave has already visited 23 stadiums. His next stops are Chicago and Seattle. Tommy will join him in Seattle.