On Thursday, Major League Baseball held a special event. Much like those outdoor hockey games the NHL puts on every year, baseball decided to use a special venue to spice up a regular-season contest. The venue? The Field of Dreams.
That’s right, the baseball field that Kevin Costner created in 1989’s hall of fame dad movie, Field of Dreams. They even brought Costner out, straight from heaven/cornfields in Iowa to open the game (Fox even had James Earl Jones narrate the pregame hype reel).
The White Sox beat the Yankees in dramatic, walk-off fashion, which was the best possible ending to a special event. So special, the MLB will be bringing it back next year, and perhaps it will become a tradition. They built it, and people came. Now fans have ideas about they should go next, with one iconic fictional field becoming a favorite on Twitter: The Sandlot.
Next year MLB should play at the Sandlot pic.twitter.com/vZBsbZPoVO
— Baseball Bros (@BaseballBros) August 12, 2021
The Sandlot is another beloved baseball movie that 90s kids can’t get enough of, with endlessly quotable lines (‘You’re killing me, Smalls!‘) and a fun throwback setting. Unfortunately, unlike the Field of Dreams field, the Sandlot doesn’t exist. The good news is, it’s so low-fi that it’s not hard to imagine someone recreating it. After all, people have recreated far more complex fields, like Fenway, and more complex movie locations, like Diagon Alley.
For now, the MLB seems content to run back the cornfield idea, but you never know. The Sandlot hive is powerful.
What other fictional fields do you want to see brought to life?