More than three decades after “The Field of Dreams” took its place in the collective imagination, and a year behind due to the pandemic, one of Hollywood’s most famous cornfields will finally be the theater for a big baseball game on Thursday night.
The Yankees – White Sox clash will take place next to the venue used in the 1989 feature film. The original venue remains a tourist attraction.
“Is this paradise? John Kinsella’s ghost asked in the film that inspired the fight.
“No, it’s Iowa,” replies the father, the farmer that Kevin Costner played, before throwing the ball under the reflectors, in the film’s most touching scene.
On Thursday, “Shoeless” Joe Jackson and the other players from another era will be replaced by Jose Abreu, Aaron Judge and company.
The proud state of Iowa, which characterizes the essence of the Midwest, has a habit of making headlines for only four years, in the run-up to the election.
A big league match is to be played there for the first time.
It will be in a temporary stadium with around 8000 seats in Dyersville, with just under 4400 people.
“I walk around the state, and when people hear you’re from Dyersville, they all know about the game,” said Mayor Jim Heavens. Receiving Major League Baseball is a real source of pride. “
The film stars Costner, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta and Amy Madigan, among others.
The original production site was soon declared too small for a game. At the new site, where 4,000 tons of sand and 2,000 tons of gravel were deposited, we also wanted the enclosures to look like the old Comiskey Park, the former home of the White Sox.
For fun, we even put a maze in the corn, outside the right field.
The summer is especially hot and dry in this part of the country. We have therefore installed an irrigation system so that the harvest looks good on TV (the match is broadcast especially on RDS). You want the corn to be 10 or 12 feet high.
“We wanted to make sure we did not end up with brown corn,” said Chris Marinak, who leads major baseball operations and strategy.
Both clubs want uniforms reminiscent of 1919, when Jackson, who played for the White Sox, was among eight players banned from rigging the World Series.
The story of this team is one of the many themes covered in “The Field of Dreams”, a film that goes far beyond sports.