Thursday night the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox duked it out in the first ever MLB game in Iowa played where the movie Field of Dreams was made.
The Build Up
Field of Dreams has been one of the most famous baseball films since its release in 1989. It created a lasting impact to this very day.
30 years after its release the MLB announced their plans to build a stadium and play a game at the actual filming location. They announced it would take place on August 13, 2020 between the Yankees and White Sox.
This was exciting news to fans all across the country. Unfortunately COVID threw a wrench in this plan with a shortened 2020 season and no regular season games between teams in different divisions. The game was postponed to August 12, 2021.
Although the game was halted the excitement was not. As the 2021 season proved to be a more normal season this game quickly became one of the most anticipated games of the year.
A Corny Game
It was clear this was going to be a special game before the first pitch was even thrown. With a stadium full of fans the great Field of Dreams actor Kevin Costner emerged through the corn in the outfield followed by the players of both teams. Baseball and movie fans were witnessing a moment that resulted in only one thing: goosebumps.
After Costner addressed the fans and players it was time to play one of the most special games in baseball history.
It did not take long for the balls and corn jokes to fly.
In the bottom of the first White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu became the first player in baseball history to get a hit, score a run and record an RBI in Iowa with a solo home run. This was just the beginning of the wildness.
The third inning proved to be insane from top to bottom. In the top half the Yankees had two outs and nobody on. This did not stop them from getting two men on for Aaron Judge. The powerful outfielder went opposite field for a three-run dinger for the lead.
This lead did not last too long as the Sox responded with an RBI double from Tim Anderson and then a two out three-run homer from Eloy Jimenez to grab the lead back at 5-3.
The Sox continued to show their pop with a two out two-run homer from rookie Seby Zavala to increase the lead to 7-4.
The Yankees were not here to just let the Sox run away with the game. Brett Gardner led off with a solo shot to bring them within three. The next two guys followed by reaching base which chased the starter Lance Lynn.
His replacement Michael Kopech held it down like he has all season by escaping the jam with back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning.
After their offense went off through the first four innings the White Sox were still at seven runs. The Yankees had their chances to get closer or even take the lead multiple times but the Sox bullpen showed their strength and brought it to the ninth with the 7-4 lead in tact.
The Sox brought in All-Star closer Liam Hendriks to lock it down. Following a lead off single he struck out the next two guys, but had some of the biggest power hitters in baseball to get through.
Aaron Judge stepped into the box and took Hendriks deep to bring the Yankess to within one. Joey Gallo then walked which brought up Giancarlo Stanton as the go ahead run. Clearly Stanton did not want the game to end as he hit a huge two run blast to put the Yankee up 8-7.
Despite this setback the White Sox once again proved they are resilient. After a long battle Zavala drew a one out walk. This brought up the flashy and powerful Tim Anderson who did not wait around. He absolutely demolished the first pitch he saw for a walk off two-run homer.
A Game Fit For a Movie
Baseball has been the focus of some incredible movies including the true story Moneyball. Yet, to have a game made because of the impact of a fictional movie is extremely special.
It was a game destined for greatness since its inception. Although fans had to wait a year longer than expected it was well worth the wait.
The Yankees and White Sox put on one of the best games of the year and featured everything that could be asked for. A first place team, eight home runs, high stress pitches, a walk off home run and lots of corn.
It has already been announced that the Field of Dreams game will return in August 2022. The teams are yet to be revealed, but it is a guarantee that it will be worth waiting for.
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