2021 Field of Dreams Game

Field of Dreams, Dyersville, IA


Game Rating 9.5   Discs: 4


FOX Announcers - Joe Buck, John Smoltz and Ken Rosenthal.
This game contains Pre-Game, Commercials and Post-Game Coverage.

White Sox 9 Yankees 8

Tim Anderson recently admitted he has never watched ''Field of Dreams.'' Well, he just submitted a pretty good script for a sequel. Anderson hit a two-run homer with one out in the ninth inning into the cornfield to end the Field of Dreams game in cinematic fashion, as the Chicago White Sox outslugged the New York Yankees 9-8 Thursday night in the first Major League Baseball game in Iowa. Anderson, who had an earlier RBI double, hit the first pitch from Zack Britton (0-1) for his 13th homer of the season. Clearly having as much fun as anyone in attendance, Anderson danced his way around the bases after the showstopper of a hit and wiggled his hands near his neck as he headed for home and the celebratory dousing at the plate from his teammates. ''Being able to walk it off was definitely one of the best moments of my career, for sure,'' said Anderson, who sent the crowd of 7,832 back through the corn and to their cars - after a light and fireworks show - at the made-from-scratch stadium. Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton each hit two-run homers for the Yankees in the top of the ninth off All-Star closer Liam Hendriks (7-2), as the movie-themed throwback event became a home run hitting contest into the cornfield. They played next to the filming site of the beloved 1989 movie starring Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, Ray Liotta and James Earl Jones, and even the Yankees fans who made the trek could hardly have headed home anything but happy with the experience. Starting pitcher Andrew Heaney, who was tagged for seven runs in five innings in another struggle with his new team, was having a hard time reflecting on the memories in the aftermath. Jose Abreu hit the first drive into the sea of green stalks, and teammates Eloy Jimenez and Seby Zavala followed him with homers for the White Sox on this vintage summer night in farm country with the teams in 1919-style uniforms to match. Judge wore custom-painted cleats to commemorate the film, with the famous line ''If you build it, he will come,'' printed on the tongues and cornstalks on the sides. League ERA leader Lance Lynn sidestepped a three-run homer by Judge and a solo shot from Brett Gardner to finish five innings for the White Sox, remaining unbeaten in his last eight starts. Costner started the evening with a star's entrance, slowly walking out of the cornrows - like Shoeless Joe Jackson and his ghost-like teammates did in the film - before turning to watch the players do the same for their made-for-TV pregame introductions. Costner's address to the fans included the obligatory question in ode to the famous line from the movie, ''Is this heaven?''

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