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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Steep drop, but still season-high, for “Field of Dreams” sequel

I watched some of the game last year. I didn’t watch it at all this year. The gimmick has already worn out for me.

MLB’s “Field of Dreams” II simply could not live up to the original in the box office.

Thursday’s Cubs-Reds Major League Baseball “Field of Dreams” game from Dyersville, Iowa, averaged a 1.7 rating and 3.10 million viewers on FOX Thursday night — down nearly half from last year’s Yankees-White Sox game from the same site (3.2, 5.9M*). Viewership peaked at 3.46 million viewers from 8:15-8:30 PM ET.

Despite the sharp decline in ratings and viewership, the Cubs’ win still delivered the largest audience of the MLB regular season. The previous high was 2.64 million for a FOX regional window featuring Yankees-Red Sox.

jimfurtado Posted: August 16, 2022 at 09:20 AM | 21 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Benji Gil Gamesh VII - The Opt-Out Awakens Posted: August 16, 2022 at 07:02 PM (#6091931)
Hmmm, what could possibly have been different about those two games that would have affected viewership? The mind boggles...
   2. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: August 16, 2022 at 07:17 PM (#6091935)
Why won't there be an MLB Field of Dreams Game in 2023?

Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Thomas, who's part of the group that owns the complex, told the Des Moines Register, in vague terms, why the game will be taking a season off: construction at the site.

"It's a lot going on," Thomas said, per The Register. "They don't want to come back if the stadium's not prepared."

The construction plan includes adding facilities to house youth baseball and softball. Work will begin this year and extend into next year.

Part of the game's charm is the natural, non-industrial look of the diamond. MLB clearly doesn't want to shatter that illusion by having a game there while construction is going on, even if the project is at the tail end.


Um...isn't the MLB game the biggest event of the year at the Field of Dreams? Couldn't they schedule all of this construction before/after the MLB game, or reschedule the game, or something? (This is like saying, "Can't have the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs next year, boys. Construction, you know.")
   3. Doug Jones threw harder than me Posted: August 16, 2022 at 10:19 PM (#6091951)
All I know about construction, is that it always seems to take longer than it should. Frank Thomas is probably just being realistic in that regard.
   4. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: August 16, 2022 at 11:26 PM (#6091984)
This year's FOD game is still the highest rated game of the baseball season.
   5. Golfing Great Mitch Cumstein Posted: August 17, 2022 at 04:39 AM (#6091997)
I was watching CBS Sports and on the ticket was the question 'Where would be another place for a Field of Dreams type game?'
Amy ideas

   6. SoSH U at work Posted: August 17, 2022 at 07:23 AM (#6092001)
I was watching CBS Sports and on the ticket was the question 'Where would be another place for a Field of Dreams type game?


Growden Memorial Park, Fairbanks, Alaska. Home of the Midnight Sun Game.
   7. Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: August 17, 2022 at 08:38 AM (#6092005)
I was watching CBS Sports and on the ticket was the question 'Where would be another place for a Field of Dreams type game?


They already do the little league game (this Sunday).

How about a return to a Hall of Fame game but make it a legitimate game rather than an exhibition? Do it in conjunction with the induction ceremony with at least one team representing players being inducted.

I like the midnight sun game idea.

A Negro Leagues game of some kind. Not sure how that would work since the museum is ten minutes from Kauffman but something.

Also on the "do it somehow" game a sandlot game would be cool. Play it in a big park somewhere. Roped off seating areas, general admission and let people wander around? I don't know. Feels like the kind of thing that could be really cool if done right.
   8. SoSH U at work Posted: August 17, 2022 at 08:44 AM (#6092006)
Also on the "do it somehow" game a sandlot game would be cool. Play it in a big park somewhere. Roped off seating areas, general admission and let people wander around? I don't know. Feels like the kind of thing that could be really cool if done right.


I've got to think there are a lot of places MLB could play, if they got creative. I don't think it really works with football, for instance, (it's still just a rectangle). But ballparks incorporate their surroundings in a way the other fields don't.
   9. dejarouehg Posted: August 17, 2022 at 08:52 AM (#6092007)
Maybe one of the remaining historic minor league ballparks, which could also tie-in to a Negro League theme ballpark (assuming there is at least one remaining)

Some far-fetched ideas.....

I seem to recall the idea of building a ballpark with Mt. Rushmore in the background. Without detailing all the reasons it would be a problem, I thought this was a neat concept.

The natural variations of this theme include a game by the Grand Canyon;

rebuilding a ballpark on the Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas borders to celebrate Jim Thorpe's 3 home runs in 3 different states in one game achievement
( https://bleacherreport.com/articles/58441-this-man-hit-a-homer-into-three-different-states-in-the-same-game-know-who )

or maybe in Yellowstone.

   10. cHiEf iMpaCt oFfiCEr JE Posted: August 17, 2022 at 10:41 AM (#6092017)
I'd watch a game of stoopball featuring two of MLB's better shortstops.
   11. Doug Jones threw harder than me Posted: August 17, 2022 at 10:50 AM (#6092019)
The Birmingham Black Barons played at Rickwood Field, which still exists and seats 10,800.

The natural choice would be to play a game there on Jackie Robinson Day

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rickwood_Field

Do it soon while Willie Mays (who played for the Birmingham Black Barons) is still alive.

   12. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: August 17, 2022 at 11:57 AM (#6092023)
I'd rather see a game in great old minor league parks than build a new temporary park somewhere.
   13. Cris E Posted: August 17, 2022 at 11:58 AM (#6092024)
It'd be fun to see a game between two competitive teams playing in one of the older parks, say Fenway or Wrigley. *rimshot*

I loved the HoF game in Cooperstown with MLB players for fun. I saw Giants-Twins in 1991. Kirby Puckett was in CF for half the game jawing with the fans in the four rows of OF seats. SF's Greg Litton played all nine positions, including part of an inning where Rod Beck played LF so they could switch after a batter or two. It's an exhibition game in a ridiculously small park, but the guys genuinely seemed to have fun with a Monday afternoon game that didn't count. I'd watch that every year.
   14. DL from MN Posted: August 17, 2022 at 01:41 PM (#6092029)
Switch movies. It's easy to play a game in Durham, NC.
   15. Traderdave Posted: August 17, 2022 at 01:49 PM (#6092032)
The Birmingham Black Barons played at Rickwood Field, which still exists and seats 10,800.

The natural choice would be to play a game there on Jackie Robinson Day

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rickwood_Field

Do it soon while Willie Mays (who played for the Birmingham Black Barons) is still alive.



This. Needs. To. Happen.
   16. SoSH U at work Posted: August 17, 2022 at 02:34 PM (#6092037)

Switch movies. It's easy to play a game in Durham, NC.


They don't have to come from movies.

This. Needs. To. Happen.


Agreed.
   17. Howie Menckel Posted: August 17, 2022 at 05:35 PM (#6092068)
there is some sentiment about a game at Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson, NJ - it's one of the last Negro League parks.

capacity 10,000. Larry Doby grew up in Paterson. New York Black Yankees played in this stadium in 1930s and 1940s, and New York Cubans in 1935-36. Josh Gibson, Oscar Charleston, and "Cool Papa" Bell, Monte Irvin and Doby (in high school games) all played there.

it's in a poor, urban city next to the Great (Water)Falls, a national historic landmark. to the extent that MLB wants an 'embrace diversity' theme, this might be it. 25 percent of residents are below the national poverty line.

instead of a cornfield, the players come out of the waterfall.

no parking, basically, but it's only a dozen miles from the Meadowlands Sports Complex, which has 20,000+ spaces so just bus the fans over from there. professional golf events from 30 or more miles away from the Complex have done that.

   18. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 17, 2022 at 07:23 PM (#6092077)
The natural variations of this theme include a game by the Grand Canyon . . .
No outfield walls, let the Canyon be the HR line.
   19. Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Fred Posted: August 18, 2022 at 10:15 AM (#6092140)
Hopefully "construction" includes tearing down the wall they put up in front of the corn.
   20. Doug Jones threw harder than me Posted: August 18, 2022 at 11:38 AM (#6092149)
Hopefully "construction" includes tearing down the wall they put up in front of the corn.


Yes. Make the outfield deep or something.

This. Needs. To. Happen.


Manfred are you listening? Rajai Davis works for the Commissioners office now, anybody know how to reach him?
   21. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: August 18, 2022 at 11:56 AM (#6092152)

Manfred are you listening? Rajai Davis works for the Commissioners office now, anybody know how to reach him?

He's on Linkedin and Twitter -- you can try contacting him on either of those platforms.

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