ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Most happily married couples often share common interests, and for Jim and Janet Kerr of Carrollton, it was the Texas Rangers.
“It gave us hope some years, and it gave us heartbreak other years,” Janet Kerr said.
During 17 years of marriage, the Kerrs went to four Spring Training Camps and took road trips to just about every ballpark in the country to watch the Rangers play.
Their last trip was sure to be memorable. It was a trip to Oakland in September to see the Rangers clinch the American League West. But, unfortunately, there are no fond memories to look back on.
Just hours before the game, Jim suffered a heart attack and fell down the stairs at the hotel. He died that day and never saw the Rangers clinch the division with his wife.
The Oakland firefighters who tried to save Jim’s life got Jane a ticket to the game the day after he passed away. Janet was still mourning, but she felt compelled to go. Strangely enough, her son, who was sitting next to her, caught a foul ball.
“He would have wanted me to be there,” Janet said, “so we honored him by going to that game.”
The more the Rangers won, the harder it got for the 63-year-old widow. And after the team won the Pennant, it just wasn’t the same without her teammate in life.
“The fact that I kept thinking that he wasn’t seeing this from the way I wanted him to see this. I wanted to hug him and I wanted to high five him,” she said.
The Kerrs bought their World Series tickets in September, just before Jim passed away. Janet’s son will fill in as Jim’s relief pitcher, sitting by his mother’s side.
“You cry a little bit and then you laugh a little bit and then you hug the ones that are there and you hope they (the Rangers) win,” she said.
Janet truly believes that everything will be OK, because her husband will have the best seat in the house: Looking down on his wife and the team he so deeply loved.