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Thursday, August 08, 2019

Yankees - White Sox To Play At Field Of Dreams

If you build it, they will come:

“Field of Dreams” will become a big-league reality on Aug. 13, 2020, when the beloved 1989 baseball movie will spring to life in the Iowa cornfields. As announced Thursday, the White Sox and Yankees will stage the first-ever Major League game in the Hawkeye State, in a temporary 8,000-seat ballpark constructed in the corn on the Dyersville farm site where the classic film was shot.

MLB at Field of Dreams presented by GEICO will be nationally broadcast on FOX at 7 p.m. ET. and, following the precedent of the now-annual Little League Classic in Williamsport, Pa., and this year’s MLB in Omaha at the NCAA’s College World Series site, is the latest example of the game bringing itself to iconic American baseball venues outside of typical big league jurisdiction.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 08, 2019 at 05:21 PM | 31 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 08, 2019 at 07:54 PM (#5869689)
People will come. People will most definitely come.
   2. the Centaur Nipple Paradox (CoB). Posted: August 08, 2019 at 07:58 PM (#5869692)
If the players don't walk out of a cornfield as they are announced, everyone involved should be fired.
   3. Howie Menckel Posted: August 08, 2019 at 08:19 PM (#5869702)
the RF wall will be mostly glass, so that you can see the cornfields.

"Ray - people will come, Ray. They'll come to Iowa for reasons they can't even fathom. They'll turn up your driveway not knowing for sure why they're doing it. They'll arrive at your door as innocent as children, longing for the past. Of course, we won't mind if you look around, you'll say. It's only $20 per person.

"They'll pass over the money without even thinking about it: for it is money they have and peace they lack. And they'll walk out to the bleachers; sit in shirtsleeves on a perfect afternoon. They'll find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes.

"And they'll watch the game and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they'll have to brush them away from their faces. People will come, Ray. The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time.

"This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh... people will come, Ray. People will most definitely come."

(would be great if the tickets were $20 and it was a day game, but.....)
   4. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 08, 2019 at 08:21 PM (#5869703)
Should be played using dead ball era equipment.

If the players don't walk out of a cornfield as they are announced, everyone involved should be fired.

Wearing flannel unis.
   5. Itchy Row Posted: August 08, 2019 at 08:39 PM (#5869705)
At some point, Eloy Jimenez will save a little girl who’s choking to death in the stands, but then he won’t be able to play anymore.
   6. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 08, 2019 at 08:53 PM (#5869708)
I don’t know if I can support killing all the players on two teams for the sake of a promotion, even if one of them is the Yankees.
   7. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 08, 2019 at 09:06 PM (#5869712)
I assume the timing of the game must be related to the movie sequel “Back From The Cornfield - The Terence Mann Story”.
   8. QLE Posted: August 08, 2019 at 09:06 PM (#5869713)
the White Sox and Yankees will stage the first-ever Major League game in the Hawkeye State


Point of order! This claim is only accurate if we do not count the National Association as a major league- if we do (and most people who have engaged in serious research on the subject of 19th-century baseball do), than the Keokuk Westerns played eight games in Perry Park in 1875.
   9. Howie Menckel Posted: August 08, 2019 at 09:21 PM (#5869715)
that counts!

and "Back From The Cornfield - The Terence Mann Story" these says likely will be a slasher flick, with Michael B. Jordan playing a zombie James Earl Jones - and all of the Eight Men Out, and many others, meeting various grisly ends.

I'll skip that one.
   10. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: August 08, 2019 at 10:19 PM (#5869728)
A-Rod wanted to play, but none of them could stand the son-of-a-bitch when they were alive, so they told him to stick it!
   11. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 08, 2019 at 10:23 PM (#5869730)
A-Rod wanted to play, but none of them could stand the son-of-a-##### when they were alive, so they told him to stick it!

I want to recommend the newish Cobb biography, Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty, by Charles Leerhsen. Fantastic book.

Al Stump was a conscienceless hack who lied his ass of in his books. Cobb was nowhere near the monster depicted, and was actually quite popular among his peers. It's an absolute shame and scandal how a third-rate writer soiled the legacy of one of the best players ever.
   12. WKRP in Cincinnatus Posted: August 08, 2019 at 10:43 PM (#5869738)
This is cool.
   13. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: August 08, 2019 at 10:45 PM (#5869739)
And to be true to the movie, it will be a whites-only game.
   14. Brian C Posted: August 09, 2019 at 12:23 AM (#5869747)
I think this will end up being both kinda cool but also kinda dumb at the same time. At least MLB had the good sense to pick two original (more or less, in NY's case) AL franchises to play instead of the Dbacks and Padres or something like that.
   15. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: August 09, 2019 at 02:33 AM (#5869754)
At least MLB had the good sense to pick two original (more or less, in NY's case) AL franchises to play instead of the Dbacks and Padres or something like that.


Well sure. With the Dbacks and Pads you aren't sure of a sell out...even with only 8000 seats.

At least with NY participating all the seats will be filled except of course the really expensive wooden bleacher seats right behind home plate.
   16. John Northey Posted: August 09, 2019 at 04:57 AM (#5869757)
So, over/under on ticket prices is what, $750 a seat? With just 8,000 seats for a regular season game I can just imagine how nuts the ticket market will go. If it was to be nice then MLB would do a lottery system and give away tickets to families in that area. However, nothing MLB does is without a profit motive so I expect prime seats to be over $1000 each with the worst seats (can there be bad ones?) for $500 each.
   17. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 09, 2019 at 09:24 AM (#5869778)
So, over/under on ticket prices is what, $750 a seat? With just 8,000 seats for a regular season game I can just imagine how nuts the ticket market will go. If it was to be nice then MLB would do a lottery system and give away tickets to families in that area. However, nothing MLB does is without a profit motive so I expect prime seats to be over $1000 each with the worst seats (can there be bad ones?) for $500 each.

The problem is, if the market price is $1000, and you give away tickets, those people are just going to sell them on stub hub.
   18. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: August 09, 2019 at 10:00 AM (#5869785)
I think $750 sounds high. Even with the novelty appeal and smaller capacity, this game will be on a Thursday night 200+ miles from Chicago and the Twin Cities. Even Des Moines is about 3 hours away.
   19. Traderdave Posted: August 09, 2019 at 10:16 AM (#5869792)
The Forrest Gump of sports movies.
   20. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 09, 2019 at 10:25 AM (#5869794)
The Forrest Gump of sports movies.

A classic of the "If you only see it once it's good, but don't dare re-watch it". Saving Private Ryan is the all-time leader in that category.
   21. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: August 09, 2019 at 12:27 PM (#5869842)
I assume that the White Sox will throw the game, for historical accuracy?
   22. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 09, 2019 at 01:01 PM (#5869855)
With just 8,000 seats for a regular season game I can just imagine how nuts the ticket market will go.
It’s a White Sox home game, so wouldn’t most of the publicly available tickets be offered to their season ticket holders interested in making a Dyersville pilgrimage? In any event, MLB is going to make its money on TV - a mid-week-nationally televised game with a special hook to enhance viewer interest. Those dollars, and whatever good will the game can generate, are what MLB is after, and I expect they can take measures similar to whatever they do at Williamsport & Omaha to somewhat limit price gouging.
   23. JAHV Posted: August 09, 2019 at 01:21 PM (#5869864)
A classic of the "If you only see it once it's good, but don't dare re-watch it". Saving Private Ryan is the all-time leader in that category.


I re-watch all of those movies. Field of Dreams is either my favorite or second favorite baseball movie (with the Sandlot) and I watch it usually once a year. I also re-watch Saving Private Ryan a decent amount and enjoy it, and Forrest Gump is fine to watch again.
   24. Traderdave Posted: August 09, 2019 at 01:52 PM (#5869881)
Forrest Gump is the only movie I've walked out of a theater on, so technically speaking I can't rewatch it until I suffer its entirety once.


But I appreciate the reminder to re-watch Sandlot, been many moons.
   25. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 09, 2019 at 01:56 PM (#5869883)
I also re-watch Saving Private Ryan a decent amount and enjoy it,

The first 20 minutes is awesome in its realism. Then the movie becomes completely unbelievable and immensely manipulative.

It's pretty ironic that in an American WW2 movie, the Americans are the only ones who commit a war-crime.

Not to mention how the idiot Americans almost imperil the local success of their side by leaving the bridge stranding so the Germans nearly take it.
   26. JAHV Posted: August 09, 2019 at 01:57 PM (#5869884)
Visiting the Field of Dreams with my family was an awesome experience that I encourage for everyone who is able. Even though this isn't being played on the actual site, it would be fun to go. The tickets will be way too expensive, though.
   27. Traderdave Posted: August 09, 2019 at 01:58 PM (#5869886)
The first 20 minutes is awesome in its realism. Then the movie becomes completely unbelievable and immensely manipulative.


QFT

I have a buddy whose 12 year old son was reading war books and watching war movies and thought it was awesome. My buddy's dad, a combat veteran, sat the grandson down and had him watch those 20 minutes. It worked.
   28. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: August 09, 2019 at 02:02 PM (#5869889)
MLB at Field of Dreams presented by GEICO

The commercial I want to see is Zack Hample pushing down 6-year-old kids to catch a home run ball when at the last second Dikembe Mutombo swats it away saying, "Not in my house! Hah! Hah! Hah!" while wagging a finger in his face.
   29. Rusty Priske Posted: August 09, 2019 at 02:30 PM (#5869902)
Field of Drams is absolutely worth re-watching.

Forest Gump wasn't worth watching the first time.
   30. Traderdave Posted: August 09, 2019 at 02:37 PM (#5869906)
Field of Drams


It would take several drams to get through it again
   31. TJ Posted: August 09, 2019 at 03:59 PM (#5869935)

I would happily watch any movie that featured a zombie James Earl Jones...

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