The one constant through all the years has been baseball.
With a year's delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that iconic line as spoken by James Earl Jones also proved true for the long-anticipated MLB Field of Dreams game, which finally took place on Thursday in Dyersville, Iowa near where the classic 1989 film was made.
A temporary stadium was built next to the site where the field was built for the movie, and the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees faced off in a ballpark that holds about 8,000 people. Many nods to the film were threaded throughout the evening, with the star of the film, Kevin Costner, kicking things off by throwing out a pitch as part of celebratory proceedings and making a speech ahead of the game.
Just like what happens to Ray Kinsella in the film, Costner was also followed out of the cornfield by the players from both teams, sporting throwback uniforms. The moment was accompanied by the Field of Dreams score, making it seem as if the players had appeared almost by magic.
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"I felt like it was perfect," Costner said of the stadium and the moment while appearing on FOX Sports. "I had an interesting moment in my life because I had a very, very good friend who's an architect and when they announced the game was going to happen, he says, 'Are you going?' and I said, 'Yeah, the phone call hasn't come yet, but I think I'm going.' And he said, 'I designed it.' I said, 'You're a pretty good friend, two years and you didn't tell me?' But still, you want something to over-deliver and this absolutely has."
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Excuse us while we wipe a tear from our eye and go have a catch.
Correction: An earlier version of this article stated the game was between the Yankees and the Red Sox, it was between the Yankees and the White Sox.