Kevin Costner Refused to Throw the First Pitch at ‘Field of Dreams’ Game: Here’s Why

by Quentin Blount

Field of Dreams is without a doubt one of the most iconic sports movies of all time. And part of what makes it so good is the fact that it stars one of our favorite Yellowstone actors in Kevin Costner. But Costner did not throw out the first pitch at the “Field of Dreams” baseball game back in August.

The New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox met up last month for the first-ever Major League Baseball game in the state of Iowa. As a result, it was fittingly given the name the “Field of Dreams” game. And as you might expect, the game took place right in the middle of Iowa’s cornfields next to where the movie was filmed back in 1989.

If you may remember, Kevin Costner played the role of a farmer named Ray Kinsella. It was him who built a baseball field in his cornfield. That, of course, led to some of the biggest names in baseball coming to play. Some of those legends included Shoeless Joe Jackson (Ray Liotta) and the Chicago Black Sox, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones, and Burt Lancaster.

Since he played such a huge role in the movie, Costner agreed to help with the festivities during last month’s game. However, he did not want to throw out the first pitch prior to the game. He wanted the game to be more than just about him. Judy Boyd, the senior vice president of productions at Fox Sports explained as much in a conference call with members of FOX.

“He did not want to make it a circus kind of thing about him,” she explained.

Instead, the tribute from Costner was him walking out of the Iowa cornfield, followed by the Yankees and the White Sox.

Hard to Top ‘Field of Dreams’ Game with Kevin Costner

The MLB game in Dyersville last month was definitely one for the ages. The lead director for FOX Sports, Matt Gangl, walked away thinking that it could be some time before a more meaningful baseball game is played. He even told his fellow lead producer Pete Macheska how he felt.

“I said, ‘That one is going to be hard to top,” Gangl said.

After all, this game took years to come completely together. And despite just lasting a couple of hours on television, it will last in our memories forever. Gangl said that he began making preparations for the pre-game show back in 2020. He himself was a big fan of the original Field of Dreams movie.

“I wanted to make sure I gave it every ounce of attention I thought it needed,” he said. “I wanted it to be memorable — I wanted it to do justice to the movie.”

It’s safe to say it did justice to the movie and more.