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I used to live near Dyersville when the film was made. Traffic was…well, traffic. You know? I honestly felt this time was special, though.
I was and always have been a die-hard White Sox fan.
This film just reinforced my feelings. It’s true. It was just magic.
And this right here makes me wish I was still there. Really.
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Last night in Dyersville, Iowa, the Chicago White Sox hit a walk-off HR against the NY Yankees in the first MLB regular-season game ever to take place in Iowa, and only a short stroll-through-a-cornfield away from the field featured in Field of Dreams. You couldn’t script it any better.
The backstory: The 1989 flick put the 4,000-person, three-hotel Iowa town on the map, but it wasn’t until 2016 when MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred visited the original field and thought, “Let’s get Aaron Judge out here.” The MLB initially scheduled the game for 2020, but it was pushed back because of the pandemic.
The mayor of Dyersville, perfectly named James Heavens, said the town expected 10,000 fans, support staff, and members of the media to arrive for the game. But nostalgia ain’t cheap. The average ticket price for the game on TickPick was $1,343, compared to $803 for a World Series game.
Looking ahead…Mayor Heavens hopes Dyersville will become a regular stop on MLB’s schedule, and he may just get his wish. “I think the reception that this has received has been so positive that we will be back,” Manfred said.