The highly-anticipated Field of Dreams Game had all the makings to be a night to remember for the New York Yankees.
To top it all off, Zack Britton debuted custom-made cleats to help raise money and awareness for More than Baseball, a nonprofit dedicated to helping minor-leaguers with housing, food and other needs as they pursue their dreams of making it to the big leagues.
If you can believe it, all that pregame momentum was halted…before first pitch.
After navigating through the corn maze to catch a glimpse of the Field of Dreams movie site, a couple of Yankees pitchers, including Britton, Chad Green and Lucas Luetge, couldn’t find their way back.
Given the end result, this lowlight perfectly summed up the Field of Dreams Game, and the “dominant” pitching delivered by the Yanks, all of whom seemed equally lost.
Yankees pitchers getting lost in the corn maze was a perfect summation of the Field of Dreams Game.
You just had a feeling a group of players were going to lose their way in the maze — that’s literally the only purpose they serve — and of course it was the Yankees who stepped up and gave everyone a laugh. That was really the theme of the night, as Andrew Heaney put forth a laughable performance on the mound, allowing seven runs (all earned) on five hits and three walks.
Though Aaron Judge did his best to give Heaney a lead to work with by blasting a three-run home run in the second inning, the Yankees’ widely-questioned trade deadline acquisition didn’t repay the favor, as Eloy Jimenez and Seby Zavala, the latter of who came into the night hitting under .225, recorded a pair of opposite-field homers to give the White Sox a 7-3 cushion.
After the Yankees failed to capitalize with runners on first and second and nobody out in the sixth inning — and after Joey Gallo grounded into a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded and two out the very next inning — you got the feeling this one was over.
So much for ending a surreal experience on a high note, right?
While MLB absolutely nailed the pregame ceremony with Kevin Costner delivering an emotional opening speech and having the two teams slowly make their way to the field from the corn in centerfield, pretty much everything after the first pitch was forgettable.
Given that a trio of Yankees relievers got lost in the corn maze, we probably should’ve seen it coming. Appreciate the invite, though!