I’ve hit a pretty severe writer’s block as of recently, and I couldn’t really place where it stemmed from. This was until I saw the Yankees and White Sox play in the Field Of Dreams game, and suddenly, I needed to talk about it. Based on a movie with Kevin Costner, the Field of Dreams was released in 1989, and the basic premise was one of the most memorable lines from the movie “if you build it, he will come.” This movie was legendary to any baseball fan, and now the dream has come true. Just a very short distance from where the movie was actually shot, The Yanks and White Sox teed up for what could be one of the best moments in baseball in recent history.
The intro didn’t disappoint anyone, as the first one through the corn was Kevin Costner himself, setting the cinematic scene for both teams to shortly follow. As both teams shake hands with Kevin, and they line up between 1st and 3rd base, Costner delivers an awesome speech to everyone in attendance, talking about the movie and the significance of the event. In an interview with the Fox broadcasters, he later goes in-depth as to his feelings with the whole event, including design and execution of making the entire thing possible. Then the actual game started, which was an edge-of-your-seat type game.
I won’t sum up the whole game, but it came down to 3 9th inning home runs into the corn to decide the winner. Liam Hendricks, arguably the best reliever in baseball to date, was on the mound for the Sox to close out the game in the Iowa cornfield. After a leadoff single, Hendricks locked down 2 outs, with Aaron Judge at the plate. In classic Judge fashion, he put a ball over the right-field corn for a 2 run shot, putting the Yankees within one. Liam proceeded to walk Gallo to bring up Giancarlo Stanton, whose only hit also came in the 9th, with another 2 run shot to put the Yankees up 8-7. Most people thought that the game was just over after that.
But that was only the top 9th inning. Liam gets the final out, and they go to the bottom of the inning. Zach Britton on the mound gets the first out and allows a free pass to Seby Zavala (who also hit a home run in the 4th inning) to bring up Tim Anderson. Anderson saw 1 pitch in the whole at-bat in the 9th, and it was all it took. Anderson deposited this ball into the corn in right field for a walk-off win for the White Sox. This game was a wild one, featuring a total of 8 home runs in the game, Jose Abreu hitting the first-ever in the 1st inning at the Field Of Dreams. Watching the movie as a kid, I always wondered if the movie would become an actual reality. I don’t have to wait to find out any more, the dream is real, and it was one of the most enjoyable MLB moments that I’ve been alive for. Tune in next year, as the dream is once again revived for a Reds vs. Cubs showdown