“If you build it, they will come.”
If you’ve ever watched the 1989 movie ‘Field of Dreams’ and NOT bawled your eyes out at the end, I’m supremely confident that you have no soul. No spoilers here, but if you don’t know what in the hell I’m talking about, it’s time you learned.
‘Field of Dreams’ stars Kevin Costner as Ray Kinsella, an Iowa corn farmer who hears a mysterious voice telling him to build a baseball field on his land. The ballpark takes on a spiritual nature, as the ghosts of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson (played by Ray Liotta) and the infamous 1919 Chicago White Sox return to play the game that Major League Baseball effectively banned them from forever, but that’s not the only reason this field was built. Also starring Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones and Burt Lancaster, the movie won three Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
“Is this heaven? No, it’s Iowa.”
It’s been 30 years since the cult-classic film was released. It’s considered one of the best sports movies ever, and for good reason. I can honestly say I’ve seen the damn thing 15-20 times.
So, you can imagine my excitement, along with millions of baseball fans around the country, when Major League Baseball announced that a real-life game is going to be played in Dyersville, Iowa next season.
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“It’s definitely exciting,” Roman Weinberg, the director of operations for Go The Distance Baseball, which owns the Field of Dreams movie site, told the Des Moines Register. “There’s nothing more American than the Field of Dreams and America’s pastime.”
“As a sport that is proud of its history linking generations, Major League Baseball is excited to bring a regular season game to the site of Field of Dreams,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said, according to a MLB.com press release. “We look forward to celebrating the movie’s enduring message of how baseball brings people together at this special cornfield in Iowa.”
Ticket sales for the major league game haven’t been announced yet, but Major League Baseball is reportedly planning to build a temporary 8,000-seat ballpark to hold this once-in-a-lifetime baseball game.
Baseball. Iowa. The New York Yankees.
Can you think of anything more American? Don’t worry. I’ll wait.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to grab my baseball glove and watch ‘Field of Dreams.’ Again.