DYERSVILLE, Iowa — Major League Baseball spent the day and night building up to Thursday’s game between the New York Yankees and. The pregame festivities at the specially constructed stadium near the Dyersville diamond from the 1989 movie “Field of Dreams” had plenty of Hollywood-like moments, with Kevin Costner and players from both teams even emerging from the Iowa corn in the outfield before lineups were announced. The game didn’t disappoint, either. The Yankees and spent the night dazzling the fans in the 8,000-seat stadium and the nationally televised Fox audience at home, launching ball after ball into the tall Iowa corn with eight total home runs. The final came on a walk-off two-run shot by Tim Anderson in the bottom of the ninth a 9-8 win.
“The fans came to see a show, and we gave them a show,” Anderson said. Thursday’s spectacle was the first regular-seasonin Iowa. The 1989 movie “Field of Dreams” starring Costner inspired the idea of playing a game in Iowa. He plays an who plows over his corn and builds a baseball field for the ghosts of banished “Shoeless” Joe Jackson and other disgraced 1919 White Sox members to play on. That landed the White Sox in the first scheduled game for 2020 but was pandemic. It was worth the wait, with players and fans soaking up the of the site.
“That was as recording videos as they walked around. The buildup was just as big, with Costner coming out of the cornfield and standing in the outfield as part of a touching tribute before the started. Players from both teams came out of the corn and . Some veered off into a center lot, where Costner was to .as I’ve ever been part of,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said afterward. Players from both teams walked through the corn and onto a pathway to the original diamond to visit the movie site. They spent their pregame time there snapping photos and
Costner wasn’t the onlyon hand. Some of MLB’s biggest were also in Dyersville to work the game, including Alex Rodriguez, Frank Thomas, and John Smoltz. The game also , with home runs continually smacking into the cornstalks. first baseman Jose Abreu had the first shot, belting an 0-2 delivery from Yankees starter Andrew Heaney that barely cleared the left field fence to give Chicago a 1-0 lead. And from there, the derby was on. The White Sox ripped three, with Eloy Jimenez . Catcher Seby Zavala added a two-run photo in the fourth to give the lead.
Aaron Judge, wearing special “Field of Dreams” cleats with the quote, “If you build it, he will come,” might have had the most fun, hitting two home runs. The first came in the third when he ripped a three-run homer into the right field corn to give the Yankees a brief. But the Yankees stormed back. Brett in the sixth to make it a 7-4 game. Judge’s , a two-run homer in the ninth, made it a 7-6 game. After a Joey Gallo walk, Giancarlo Stanton smashed a two-run the Yankees the lead. There was one more , though. After Zavala drew a ninth-inning walk, Anderson crushed the game-winning homer. “Being able to walk it off was one of the best moments of my career, for sure,” Anderson said.