MLB changes cast in ‘Field of Dreams’ movie site game
The dream of the state’s first Major League Baseball game is still alive on a ball field in the middle of an Iowa cornfield, but the cast has changed for the scheduled Aug. 13 game that has been started by the coronavirus.
The Chicago White Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals must now face off in the temporary but regulation 8,000-seat stadium overlooking the “Field of Dreams” movie site on a farm near Dyersville.
Originally, the White Sox were to face the New York Yankees.
MLB didn’t give a reason for the game change, but the White Sox’s involvement is an integral part of the planned game that picks up the hit 1989 film with a cast consisting of Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones , Ray Liotta, Timothy Busfield and, in his last film role, Burt Lancaster.
Costner’s character plows his cornfield after hearing a mysterious voice tell him, “If you build it, it will come.”
But now that construction of the stadium featuring design elements from Chicago’s original Comiskey Park is almost complete, will fans be able to come?
MLB has opened ticket sales for the game, but he said in a statement that the timeline still depends on recovery from the coronavirus.
“We hope to have the opportunity to play,” said the MLB. “Construction continues and we are following all CDC and state protocols regarding recommended safety practices, including social distancing, hand washing, and temperature checks before arriving on site.”
The Cardinals are replacing the Yankees under a shortened regional schedule that restricts travel between regions to limit the spread of the virus. When the MLB finalizes the schedule next week, teams will only play those in their divisions. The Yankees play in the Eastern Division, while the White Sox and Cardinals play in the Central Division.
Construction on the stadium began last summer after MLB announced the Field of Dreams game. Like the ghost players of “Field of Dreams”, the stadium in the cornfield will disappear after the game ends.
But the Field of Dreams film website will last.
Thousands of fans of the film, based on WP Kinsella’s book “Shoeless Joe”, visit the site in typical years, which are not about baseball at all.
“It’s about the pursuit of your dreams, of redemption, just being able to persevere beyond all the trials and tribulations that people face throughout their lives,” said Roman Weinberg, COO. from Go The Distance Baseball, owner of the site, to Patch.
“It gives them hope,” he said. “It’s so simple but so powerful, because the movie presents it in such a simple way.”