Yankees to play White Sox on ‘Field of Dreams’ in 2020
MLB has announced that on Aug. 13, 2020, the Yankees will play the White Sox on an adjacent field to where the 1989 feature film “Field of Dreams” was shot in Dyserville, Iowa.
Is this heaven? No, it’s Iowa. That’s what the Yankees, White Sox, and 8,000 lucky fans will come to find out on August 13, 2020, when Major League Baseball constructs a temporary field close to the one where “Field of Dreams” was shot way back in 1989.
According to MLB, fans attending the game will begin their journey at the ballfield that Kevin Costner and James Earl Jones once made famous, before traveling along a path cut through the middle of a lush cornfield.
In a similar way to the film in which players of the past made their way out of the corn to a pristine baseball diamond, those in attendance will be greeted by a brand new 8,000 seat stadium that will echo Comisky Park — home of the White Sox from 1910 to 1990.
So when the voice in the movie said, “If you build it, he will come” — ‘he’ must have been a prelude to the current face of the game — Aaron Judge.
Thirty years after its release, ‘Field of Dreams’ is widely considered an iconic baseball tale. Nominated for three Academy Awards and grossing $84.4 million worldwide at the box office, Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner is excited to share this tale with audiences, both old and new.
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"“The Yankees organization is proud to participate in such a unique celebration of baseball,” Hal Steinbrenner, managing general partner of the New York Yankees, added. “‘Field of Dream’s captures the pure essence of baseball, and it continues to bring generations of fans — and families — together to embrace its timeless roots. It’s a distinct honor for us to showcase our great game in such an iconic and intimate setting while promoting the movie’s legacy. I fully expect that this experience will exemplify why baseball remains a cherished American pastime.”"
Because the Universal Studios film, which was adapted from a W.P. Kinsella novel, features the backstory of eight members of the 1919 Black Sox scandal, notably, Shoeless Joe Jackson (played by Ray Liotta), it only fits that the White Sox would take on the Yanks. Especially when you consider Kevin Costner’s father in the film, John, was a big fan of the Yankees.
Taking place in Dyersville, Iowa, some 200 miles west of Chicago, the White Sox will be the home team for this special, one-game presentation before the series shifts back to Guaranteed Rate Field.
For those that watched the film, love the game of baseball and have been lucky enough to share the special bond of a father and son, the final scene is a definite tear-jerker.
When Ray Kinsella (Costner) finally realizes that all of his trials and tribulations were meant so that he could once again see his deceased father — and delivers the line, “Hey, dad, want to have a catch?” — to this day, I get goosebumps.