Did you watch the wild ending of the Field of Dreams game? Seems the Iowa cornfields really grow homeruns.
The best one of the evening was the game-winner — and No. 8 on the night — that gave the Chicago White Sox the victory. And yes, it was a walk-off homer. That’s the way you script it in a Hollywood Field of Dreams.
Down by a run, White Sox star Tim Anderson slapped a pitch to right field. He knew immediately it would clear the fence in Dyersville, Iowa, and scorch some crops. It was Anderson’s second career walk-off. His teammates greeted him at home plate as they splashed water and ice to celebrate.
Fox Sports: MLB shared the video clip of the spectacular winning swing.
“A FIELD OF DREAMS IT WAS! TIM ANDERSON WINS IT FOR THE White Sox!!!”
Field of Dreams Game Produced An Amazing Eight Homers
The Field of Dreams game was more than three decades in the making. It was based on the Kevin Costner movie, which premiered in April, 1989. The movie was one of the best sports films of all time. It gave us baseball history combined with a son’s relationship with his distant father, who died years ago. And the movie was all wrapped up with baseball ghosts and time travelers, as James Earl Jones mixed in baseball mysticism and its impact on society.
Even the theme song is a classic. You hear it and you’re instantly transported to a small-town baseball game. Maybe there’s a cornfield nearby.
There were eight home runs hit Thursday night in Chicago’s 9-8 victory. Anderson’s bomb came off Yankee pitcher Zach Britton.
But there were two other homers in the visitor’s half of the ninth. Aaron Judge notched his second homer of the game to give the Yankees a chance. Then Giancarlo Stanton blasted a two-run shot to left field to push the Yankees to an 8-7 lead.
Yankees Twitter Posted “Maybe This Is Heaven?”
The Yankees Twitter account posted a video clip of Stanton’s homer. “Maybe this is heaven,” the tweet asked. It was a Field of Dreams kind of heaven. But in this game, the celestial baseball gods weren’t finished.
Maybe baseball should play more games in Iowa. It was the first-ever Major League Baseball game played in the state. Technically, it was a White Sox home game. Dyersville, population 4,100, is a four-hour drive from Chicago. The teams flew into Dubuque, Iowa on Thursday. Buses took them 25 miles to get to the temporary stadium.
Costner, who starred in Field of Dreams, was on hand to watch the drama. The teams wore special retro jerseys designed by Nike to look like those worn by the baseball ghosts in the movie.
The teams played in front of 8,000 fans. There were lots of Little League players there. But if an ordinary fan wanted to watch, he or she needed to fork over some cash. It turned out to be the most expensive MLB regular season ticket in history.
StubHub had prices that ranged from $1,000 to more than $10,000.
But given the homerun drama, the Field of Dreams was well worth the cost.