Major League Baseball hit a home run Thursday night with a game honoring the famous “Field of Dreams” movie, not far from the filming location in Dyersville, Iowa.
“If you build it, they will come,” heard the farmer played by Kevin Costner in the 1989 work.
A little more than three decades later, the players of the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox have set foot on the field, in a heavenly setting, a beautiful little stadium built for the occasion across the cornfields. Commissioner Rob Manfred has already announced that the event will return next year.
“You obviously see corn everywhere, but to find a baseball stadium in the Major League here, it’s very impressive,” Yankees relief Zack Britton said in an interview with MLB Network before the game. I saw the film when I was younger, but watching it in person gives it a different perspective. This event is extraordinary, and we are lucky to be among the teams participating in it. ”
In fact, several Yankees and White Sox players were not yet born when the cult film was released, also inspired by a short story called “Shoeless Joe”. However, the cinematic jewel, which celebrates family values, has crossed times.
“To get to a state where there is no baseball, to be among the first baseball teams in the major league to play here, I think it’s very special,” Britton added, recalling that no MLB club had only played in Iowa before. the big night.
Even before the first track, Costner spoke to add magic to the event, making sure around 8,000 spectators said she really felt like she was in heaven. Since we are in North America, in the 21st century, however, it should be noted that some spectators had paid thousands of dollars from dealers to participate in the match.
Speaking of the game, whose result seemed secondary, the White Sox won 9-8 thanks to many homers. At the end of the first round, José Abreu already sent the ball to the heart of the grain. The table was set for a special evening.
Eloy Jimenez, Seby Zavala and Tim Anderson imitated Abreu afterwards.
For their part, the “Bombardiers”, far from the Bronx, sent four bullets into the cornfield. Who else but Aaron Judge will lead the Yankees? The strong batsman stretched his arms twice and produced five runs. He now has 25 long balls this season.
Brett Gardner and Giancarlo Stanton also had off-frame offers.
Liam Hendricks (7-2) was the winning pitcher, while Britton (0-1) recorded a first loss this season.