Evans took his father and mother to the 1983 All-Star Game, in which he played. "It was the game's 50th anniversary, and my dad came down to the clubhouse and got to meet all the Hall of Famers who were there," he says. "I knew he'd dreamed the same dreams I had, and now he was living them. I was just glad I was able to give him something like that." Richard Evans died of cancer in the middle of the Tigers' triumphant '84 season. One dream had been denied him: He never saw his son in a playoff or in a World Series. Or did he?
Hear LaDonna Evans: "We were in Kansas City for the second game of the playoffs in '84. Now Pops, Darrell's dad, had always liked to sit in the first row of the box seats right on the aisle just to the left of home plate so he could see how Darrell was being pitched. We weren't too far from that seat. Darrell's mom was on one side of me and his brother, Michael (now 33), was on the other. Well, for some reason, I looked over to where Pops would have been sitting and I saw something really strange. Standing there at the seat, with his back to us, was a tall man—Darrell's dad was 6'4"—wearing exactly the same kind of cardigan sweater Pops had always worn. I about dropped. I could have sworn it was him. I told Michael to take a look, and he said the same thing. Neither of us dared say anything to Darrell's mom, because it hadn't been that long. And we didn't ever go down there and look that man in the face. It was too crazy, too weird. After that, we got so involved in the game, we didn't think much more about it. It was a great game [won by the Tigers 5-3 in 11 innings]. But when it was over, we looked back to that seat. There was no one there. The man had vanished. How could anyone have left a game like that early? I don't know.... Really, we're sensible, religious people, not crazy at all. Maybe, though, we're just susceptible, really open to some things. I just don't know...."