MLB at Field of Dreams was a Major League Baseball (MLB) regular season game played on August 12, 2021. The game took place at the Field of Dreams from Dyersville, Iowa between the Chicago White Sox (designated as the home team) and the New York Yankees, in which the locals won by a score of 9-8.
The game took place at the location of the film’s filming Field of Dreams (The field of dreams) (1989). The field built for the film, which has been used as a tourist destination since 1989, could not be brought up to MLB standards of the game without permanently altering the property’s main features and destroying its cinematic authenticity, so it was decided build a parallel facility about 150 meters away from the original field.
The stadium architecture pays homage to the home of the White Sox, “Comiskey Park,” (1910-1990), which includes the shape of the outfields and bullpens beyond the center field fence. Windows were also built into the right field wall to show the cornfields beyond the ballpark and so that the set of the movie.
Before the game, a preview ceremony was held during which Kevin Costner led players from both teams from the cornfield to the pitch, celebrating one of the most iconic scenes in the film.
“Thirty years ago, on the other side of this cornfield, we made a movie that stood the test of time,” Costner said. “Tonight, thanks to the lasting impact that that little movie had, it has allowed us to come here again. But now, we’re on a field made by Major League Baseball. “
“We have come to see the White Sox play the mighty Yankees in a field that was once corn. It is perfect. We have kept our promise, the Major Leagues kept their promise. The dream lives on. There is probably only one question to answer: Is this paradise? If it is. This field is for the players. Good luck today.” the actor closed.
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For those who do not remember Field of Dreams It was a movie from the late 80s, written and directed by Phil Alden Robinson and it was an adaptation of the novel Shoeless Joe (1982), by WP Kinsella. The film had as its main actor Kevin Costner, who plays Ray Kinsella, an Iowa farmer who decides to build a baseball diamond in his cornfield, which is characterized by attracting the ghosts of various baseball legends. In addition to Kevin Costner, the cast included Ray Liotta (Shoeless Joe Jackson), Amy Madigan (Annie Kinsella), James Earl Jones (Terence Mann) and Burt Lancaster (Dr. Archibald “Moonlight” Graham) in his last acting role.
Also, Anne Seymour (who died four months before the film’s release), makes her final film appearance as the kind editor helping Ray and Mann. In turn, the identity of the actor who provided the voice, who speaks with Ray throughout the film, was never confirmed, however, some believe it to be Costner or Liotta, although the author of the book, WP Kinsella, once commented that the voice was Ed Harris (Amy Madigan’s husband).
The film received generally good reviews and was nominated for three Oscars for Best Picture, Best Original Score and Best Adapted Book. In addition, in 2017 it was selected to be preserved in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as it was considered a work with broad “cultural, historical and aesthetic significance.”
For movie fans who were left with the desire to attend this unique game, you can rest assured that shortly before the start of the game, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed that there will be another game in the Field of Dreams in 2022.
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Field of Dreams, the movie-inspired game with Kevin Costner