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Chicago Cubs coach back home in Henderson


An East Texas man is home after the thrilling road to the World Series and being part of history in the Chicago Cubs ending their 108-year drought.

Henderson native Gary Jones, a coach with the Chicago Cubs, is back home for the off-season. Recovering from knee surgery, Jones reflects on being part of World Series history.
"It was just a matter of trying to win one game. I think once we got down 3-1, it was like 'ok, we just got to win one game.' I mean, you think about
it, 108 years, that's a long time. And I don't think it's really hit me as far as the magnitude of it. I  knew it was huge for the city of Chicago," Gary says.
Jones was coaching on the third base line for the Cubs, and says he will never forget the dramatic extra inning game 7 win over the Cleveland Indians.
"Once that third out was made, all the coaches and stuff, we just started hugging each other and congratulating one another. There's a sense of relief.
There was a sense of pride. A sense that, hey, you know what, we don't have to listen to all this stuff about a curse and about the billy-goat," he says.

"I think I'm happy for everybody. Gary, the Cubs, the city of Chicago. But I'm very grateful that my husband was able to participate in such an awesome event," says Gary's wife Melinda Jones.
But through it all, the coach is modest about his part.
"Hey, I'm just the same guy from Henderson, Texas. Gary Jones, I grew up in Henderson, Texas, and you know I tell people this all the time, I was just
going to work every day," Gary says.

The coach was not hurt during the World Series, but had surgery on a previous injury. Jones and the rest of the Cubs will receive their rings at the 2017 Cubs home opener.
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