2022 MLB Field of Dreams Game: Four things to know with Cubs, Reds meeting in Iowa – CBS Sports

2022 MLB Field of Dreams Game: Four things to know with Cubs, Reds meeting in Iowa - CBS Sports

On Thursday, the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds will meet in Dyersville, Iowa, for the second edition of the Field of Dreams Game of Major League Baseball. The game is a living tribute to the iconic 1989 film “Field of Dreams” that starred Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Amy Madigan, and the late Ray Liotta which was in part an exploration of baseball nostalgia.

While opinions vary on how effective the film is, there is no disputing that it is one of the most talked about and recognizable baseball movies ever made (it was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture). The film hinges on the decision made by Costner’s farmer character to carve a baseball diamond from his cornfield – at great personal risk and expense – all because a mysterious whispering voice told him:

That field will be visited by the ghosts of long-ago baseball players and a lost presence in the life of Costner’s character. But enough spoilers.

The dimensions of the film field itself — now a prominent tourist destination in Iowa — are not such that you can play a major league game on it, but a nearby field built for last year’s inaugural FoD Game between the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox certainly captured the essence of things. Folks, there was a lot of corn.

Now let’s set the scene for the second edition of the Field of Dreams Game with the essential things to know.

How to watch the Field of Dreams Game

where: Dyersville, Iowa | When: 7:15 PM ET Thursday, August 11th
television channel: Fox | Live stream: fuboTV (try for free)
Probability: TBD

Now for a few things to know about the 2022 edition.

1. The Redskins and Cubs will wear throwback uniforms

Considering that the movie Field of Dreams draws heavily from the Deadball Era of over a century ago, the two competing squads will be equipped accordingly. It says here that they will look very good. First, the Cubs:

And:

This is a bit of a mashup that works very well. The jersey and pants are from the Cubs’ pennant-winning 1929 campaign, and the hat is from the 1914 season.

Now for the Reds:

That ensemble featured prominently during the 1914-20 period, and you can consider the Reds’ batting helmet the early favorite for “best thing ever” when it comes to the 2022 FoD game uniforms.

MLB has leaned in to have microphone conversations with players in the dugout and even on the field as the game goes on, and not surprisingly that will happen Thursday night. The lucky/affected players for this game will be Reds first baseman Joey Votto and Cubs outfielder Ian Happ. They will rock the two-way mic at some point during the game. Given Votto’s engaging presence and sense of humor, he might be ideal for this kind of thing.

3. The stadium will be the star

Much like last year, the purpose-built FoD ballpark will be the story of the night. As noted above, the film’s field is not fit for MLB competition, but the one that is used captures the same essence thanks to grace notes like the manual scoreboard and the 159 acres of surrounding 10-foot corn stalks. Adding to the ambiance is the fine mesh seven-foot tall green chain link fence that makes it look like, yes, they’re playing right in the middle of an Iowa cornfield.

Also, each team will have a throwback logo carved into the corn just past the right-field wall. Consideration:

4. It will be hard to top last year’s edition

The first FoD game, unlike this year’s model, involved contenders and eventual playoff teams. Also, White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson provided one of the most memorable closing acts of the season against the Yankees:

Also, MLB notes that last year’s game “delivered nearly six million viewers and marked the most-watched single-season baseball game on any network since 1998.”

Given that the Reds and Cubs are both near the bottom of the National League Central standings and at most competing for a draft position in 2023, the stakes are obviously much lower. That said, the venue and the visuals are the real stars of the FoD game, and those will once again be in top form.

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