The New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox headed to Iowa (not Heaven) to play in Major League Baseball’s inaugural “Field of Dreams” game held next to the famous baseball diamond featured in the eponymous Kevin Costner film.
“If you build it, they will come,” a voice told Costner’s Ray Kinsella. It wasn’t Kinsella who built this field, but the Yankees and White Sox came. Then they walked off. Literally.
New York rallied in the top of the ninth inning, and then with a runner on base in the bottom half of the frame, Chicago’s Tim Anderson crushed a no-doubter to right that vanished into the cornfield as the White Sox won 9-8.
I’m not crying, you’re crying.
Field of Dreams is one of the most well-known sports movies of all time
Before the game, both teams walked through the cornrows and onto the diamond. In the movie, the 1919 White Sox slowly disappear through the cornrows when they leave the field. The fact that a Chicago player ended the game in walk-off fashion by making a baseball disappear into the cornfield is beyond words.
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New York’s Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton both hit home runs in the top of the ninth, the second of the game for Judge, and the seventh homer overall. Anderson made it eight.
New York’s comeback in the ninth set the table for Chicago’s second baseman. And, obviously, the White Sox — the team featured in the movie — won on a walk-off home run. Because why not.
Even in a loss, the Yankees could appreciate how memorable the game, and Anderson’s home run, was
“That was as special and breathtaking a setting for a baseball game as I’ve ever been part of,” Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone said.
“The one constant, through all the years, Ray, has been baseball.”
As James Earl Jones’ Terrance Mann says in the movie, courtesy of IMDb:
“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.”James Earl Jones’ Terrance Mann in Field of Dreams
As a sport, baseball — once the most celebrated game in America — has drifted into the background like the White Sox into the cornfield. The NFL, the NBA, Nascar, and even sometimes the NHL, have come to the forefront. But maybe, as Mann says, it could be America’s past-time again.
“Is this Heaven?” Ray’s father, John, asks near the end of the movie.
“No,” Ray responds. “It’s Iowa.”
“I could have sworn it was Heaven,” John says. For one night, as Anderson’s ball floated into the night sky and over Judge’s head, baseball was king again. And as it disappeared into the cornfield, for one night, it was Heaven.