10 highlights from the first Field of Dreams MLB game in Iowa
Major League Baseball returns to Iowa in August, just one year away from a memorable Field of Dreams game between the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees.
This year, the Chicago Cubs will face the Cincinnati Reds in Dyersville on Thursday, August 11.
The 2021 game seemingly had it all: an entertaining game between two legendary franchises, a home run, legends of the game and more.
Here are 10 moments that stood out from last year’s game.
Tim Anderson home run gives White Sox victory
Might as well start this list with the biggest highlight of the evening.
With the White Sox trailing 8-7 in the bottom of the ninth, Chicago’s Tim Anderson stepped in and hit a home run.
As Anderson rounded the bases, fireworks erupted from the cornfield.
“You can’t script a movie any better,” broadcaster John Smoltz said at the time.
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Actor Kevin Costner emerges from corn in dramatic fashion
Talk about a grand entrance.
Actor Kevin Costner, who starred as Ray Kinsella in the 1989 film, made his dramatic return to Dyersville across the cornfield shortly before the game started.
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MLB players step out of corn, recreating ‘Field of Dreams’ scene
Much like the scene in “Field of Dreams” when the ghosts of former major league players come out of the cornfield for their game, members of the White Sox and Yankees did the same.
MLB’s first home run in Iowa goes to a cornfield
We didn’t have to wait long to see Major League Baseball’s first home run in Iowa.
Late in the first inning, Chicago’s José Abreu sent a shot over the left field wall, falling between the corn stalks.
An ideal destination for the first MLB home run in Iowa.
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Iowa farmers had to save Field of Dreams corn the day before the game
Late on the Yankees-White Sox show, FOX dugout reporter Ken Rosenthal spoke about how much work went into the corn beyond the outside wall.
The day before the Field of Dreams game, a storm swept through Iowa, hitting Dyersville. The strong winds broke some of the corn, which had been prepared earlier.
“Well, when that storm hit two days ago, all of a sudden they had to hurry,” Rosenthal said on the show. “What they did was buy 1,100 metal and fiberglass rods. What they did was attach them to each damaged rod to help straighten them up and make them look beautiful. again.
“They worked until 10:30 p.m. (Tuesday) night, and they started again the next morning. It just shows you the care and pride that went into this game.”
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Yankees and White Sox Wear Custom Retro Uniforms
A historical game called for historical uniforms.
The White Sox released white uniforms with navy blue pinstripes, with vintage “SOX” lettering stitched into the jerseys.
The Yankees wore gray jerseys with “New York” written in navy blue.
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Baseball fans hounded at ‘Field of Dreams’ movie site before game
As fans waited to be seated in the stadium, many took the opportunity to venture onto the grounds of the film site and throw baseballs, play corn and take pictures.
Celebrities and baseball legends flocked to the site of the ‘Field of Dreams’ movie
Former MLB greats like Alex Rodriguez, David Ortiz and Frank Thomas explored the Dyersville site before the game, taking plenty of photos in and around the corn.
A glorious sunset capped off a memorable night in Dyersville
As the game progressed into the final innings, a sunset painted the sky across Iowa.
“Coming from Iowa, this whole #FieldOfDreamsGame is SURREAL!” a Twitter user shared. “The landscape, the production, the fact that the players are impressed and look like they’re dreaming. This is IOWA, this is MLB, it’s just AMAZING!”
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Rob Manfred announces MLB will be back in 2022
Everything about the 2021 Field of Dreams game has left baseball fans wondering what else is in store for them.
Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred asked all the questions on game day, announcing that MLB would be back in 2022.
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