Even in the years after his father’s passing, Wynton never let his memories fade far from his thoughts.
It was during a game while Wynton was playing with the West Michigan Whitecaps against the Fort Wayne TinCaps when this clearly surfaced.
“On July 5, his anniversary, in my first at-bat I struck out and in my second at-bat I struck out and in my third at-bat I grounded out,” Wynton said. “My fourth at-bat, I wrote, ‘A son never forgets’ on a piece of tape and I hit a home run that at-bat. So it was pretty special. He’s always in my heart.
I’m rounding the bases, just chills kind of going through my body. I felt like he was there with me.”
Wynton’s father is not the only family member that Wynton likes to have close at games. Just last year, his mother, Janet, drove out to Michigan from San Diego to watch her son play. Wynton left two tickets for his mom at the box office. One for his mom and one for the father that they both wish could have been there.
Wynton spoke to reporter Lenny Padilla of MLive.com.
“She drove all the way out here to see her baby. It’s sad, though, because she wants to be taking these road trips with my father, who passed away four years ago. But I always write down two tickets because I imagine him being in the stands right with her.”
It was the perfect game for her to see as that was the night that he tied the Whitecaps record for hits in a season with 158 in front of her and 9,120 excited fans. He went on to beat that record entirely with 164 and be named 2014 Midwest League MVP. However, it would be hard to beat the feeling of success in front of his biggest fan, his mom.