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Major League Baseball decided to pay homage to one of the greatest baseball movies of all time and present MLB at Field of Dreams in 2021.
Last year’s inaugural competition was a a monster success – in Iowa’s first MLB game, Tim Anderson hit a walk-off home run in a thriller to give the Chicago White Sox a 9-8 victory over the New York Yankees, just 500 feet from the Field of Dreams and location of the same movie name
This year, two more historic franchises will battle it out in the Dyersville cornfields.
Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s MLB at Field of Dreams.
“MLB at Field of Dreams” was a concept that was derived in 2019 to honor the 1989 film that tells the story of a farmer who builds a baseball field in his cornfield that attracts the ghosts of baseball legends.
The game was scheduled to be played in 2020. However, the COVID-19 pandemic halted plans, and the game was not played until 2021. The game turned out to be MLB’s highest-rated regular season game, giving MLB a chance to try. it out for at least another year.
What happened in 2021?
“What didn’t happen” is the better question.
Close to 8,000 people filed into the stadium, the star of the film, Kevin Costner, walked out of the cornfields with a baseball in hand, followed by members of the Yankees and White Sox walking side by side out of the fields, similar to the ghosts in the movie. Costner gave a speech that included his famous line, “Is this Iowa?”
He answered his own question with, simply, “Yes it is.”
He was right. Both teams donned jerseys similar to what they wore in 1919, and while down 7-4 with two outs in the top of the ninth, two-run home runs by Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton off the dominant Liam Hendriks gave the Yankees a late 8- 7 lead. But Anderson had his own dreams and hit away, a two-run shot by Zack Britton.
What’s happening this year?
MLB got two other historic franchises to lace up the griddles in the corn this year.
What makes it even sweeter is two division rivals will be going at it – it will be the Chicago Cubs against the “home” Cincinnati Reds. Fans can watch the game on FOX at 7 pm ET.
There will also be a pregame ceremony that MLB says will “utilize the film, its themes and clips as inspirations for pregame elements and an in-game presentation for both fans in the stadium and watching.”
The Cubs will wear their uniforms from their NL pennant-winning 1929 season, while the Reds will don 1919-inspired uniforms.
The logo of each team was cut into the corn between the MLB field and the location of the movie for viewing pleasure.
Joey Votto of the Reds and Ian Happ of the Cubs will also be miked during the game.