Hollywood script writers would be laughed out of the room if they dared come up with a plot as seemingly preposterous as what happened last night in the little town of Dyersville, Iowa.
What’s significant about that town that has 4,000 people and just three hotels?
It’s where the 1989 cult classic movie Field of Dreams was shot. Kevin Costner was the star of the nostalgic film that put Dyersville on the map.
Back in 2016, Major League Commissioner Rob Manfred visited the original field that was used in the movie, and he came up with what would be a rare, good idea.
He envisioned an MLB game being played near that field, and plans were drawn up to do just that.
Construction crews eventually carved out a regulation MLB field in a corn field not far from the original feel of dreams.
The game was scheduled to be played in 2020, but because of the pandemic, it was pushed to August 12, 2021, and would feature the White Sox and Yankees.
On a perfect night, over 10,000 fans, media members, and Fox Sports watched and broadcast a game that was a little slice of magic.
Before the game, Costner led both teams onto the field with a slow walk through the cornfield and onto the infield. It was majestic, and worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster.
Wearing throwback uniforms from 1919, the two teams battled, and the excitement and drama rose to a fever pitch with a cinematic ending in the ninth inning.
In the top of the ninth, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton both hit two run home runs, to give the Yanks the lead in a stirring comeback.
But in the bottom of the ninth, with a runner on base, Tim Anderson of the White Sox blasted a game winning home run deep into the rows of green cornstalks.
Ballgame over, White Six win 9-8.
MLB vows to come back again, and if you want to attend the game in person start saving. Ticket prices for Thursday’s game were $1,343 on average. That’s higher than a World Series game, which generally goes for a little over $800.