Thursday night was like being back in heaven for Major League Baseball. Or maybe it was Iowa.
The iconic baseball movie “Field of Dreams,” which was released in 1989, was filmed at a ballpark close to where the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds played their game. In the movie, Kevin Costner played Ray Kinsella, a farmer who constructs a baseball field in the middle of his cornfields after hearing a voice tell him, “If you build it, they will come.”
The Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds played their game at a ballpark next to the filming location.
The majority of the Cubs’ runs were scored in the opening several innings of the game, and they took an early lead of 3-0 after the first frame. They never looked back after that and went on to win the competition 4–2. Nick Madrigal, Chicago’s second baseman, had a night at the plate in which he went 3-for-5 with one run driven in, which was the team’s best performance.
The action that took place in Dyersville, Iowa, presented viewers with a lot of information to process. At the Field of Dreams game, the day was jam-packed with exciting activities, such as player tours of the cornfields and a touching father-son encounter between Ken Griffey Jr. and son Ken Griffey Jr.
Which Were the Most Memorable Parts of the Event?
Both the Reds and Cubs Dressed in Retro Attire
The two opposing teams wore uniforms that are befitting of the Deadball Era of baseball, which occurred more than a century ago. This is because the movie Field of Dreams is greatly inspired by this time period.
It’s a little bit of a mashup, but it really works out beautifully. The cap, jersey, and pants are all from different seasons, with the 1914 season being represented by the jersey. The Cubs won the pennant in 1929.
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How the Game Experienced a Father-Son Moment?
Prior to the first pitch, legendary Reds players Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. emerged from the cornfields in right to “have a catch.” They were followed by current members of the Reds and Cubs teams. Everyone proceeded to walk together to the infield, where they were greeted by past players and Hall of Famers from both teams.
After then, the legendary Ferguson Jenkins of the Cubs delivered the opening pitch to the legendary Johnny Bench of the Reds.
Who Won the Game?
As neither team scored a home run, the game ended with fireworks spectacular over the corn. After Chicago’s win, country music singer Walker Hayes performed for the crowd.
During the seventh-inning stretch, Fox welcomed back Harry Caray, the famous Cubs broadcaster. The crowd sang “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” with a hologram of Caray at the helm. Many spectators were prepared with cameras for the event, which occurred just after sunset. After that, Caray vanished into the darkness.
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Putting Chicago up 4-0, Nick Madrigal singled to center field, driving home Nelson Velazquez with his team’s fourth run. However, Red’s outfielder Aristides Aquino turned a single double play by collecting a flyball and then firing a laser to third for the last out of the inning.
The Cubs wasted little time getting on the board, scoring the first two runs. They scored three in the top of the first, with Seiya Suzuki driving in Patrick Wisdom.
What Served as the Focal Point of the Game?
The specially designed FoD ballpark will once again serve as the event’s focal point, just as it did the year before. As was mentioned earlier, the field that appears in the movie isn’t suitable for Major League Baseball competition.
However, the field that is currently being used captures the same spirit thanks to grace notes such as the manual scoreboard and the 159 acres of surrounding corn stalks that are 10 feet tall.
The green chain link fence with fine mesh is seven feet high and gives the impression that they are playing smack in the middle of an Iowa cornfield. This contributes to the overall atmosphere of the setting. Additionally, a retro logo for each team was carved into the corn just beyond the right-field wall of the stadium.
Lost people from Costner’s character’s past and the spirits of long-dead baseball players haunted that field.
The movie field itself, now a popular tourist attraction in Iowa, isn’t big enough for a major league game, but a replica field built for last year’s first FoD Game between the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox was a great representation of the real thing. Believe it or not, there was a lot of corn.
However, it appears that construction would preclude MLB from holding a game in Iowa next season.