MLB Field of Dreams game 2022: Four things to know with Cubs, Reds will end up in Iowa
On Thursday, the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds will meet in Dyersville, Iowa, for the second annual Major League Baseball Field of Dreams game. The game is a living homage to the iconic 1989 film “Field of Dreams” which starred Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Amy Madigan and the late Ray Liotta which was in part an exploration of baseball nostalgia.
While opinions vary on the movie’s effectiveness, there’s no doubt that it’s one of the most talked about and recognizable baseball movies ever made (it was also an Oscar nominee for the best movie). The film revolves around Costner’s farmer character’s decision to carve a baseball diamond out of his cornfield – at great risk and expense – all because a mysterious voice told him to:
This field will be visited by the ghosts of baseball players from long ago and a lost presence in the life of Costner’s character. But enough spoilers.
The dimensions of the cinema field itself — now a top tourist destination in Iowa — are not such that a major league game can be played there, but a nearby field built for the first FoD game of last year between the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox certainly captured the essence of things. People, there was a lot of corn.
Now let’s set the scene for the second edition of the Field of Dreams game by recalling the essential things to know.
How to watch the Field of Dreams game
Where: Dyersville, Iowa | When: 7:15 p.m. ET on Thursday, August 11
TV channel: Fox | Direct: fuboTV (try for free)
Odds: To be determined
Now, a few things to know about the 2022 edition.
1. The Reds and Cubs will wear retro uniforms
Since the movie Field of Dreams draws heavily from the Deadball era of over a century ago, both competing teams will be suitably equipped. It says here that they will look great. First, the Cubs:
It’s a bit of a mashup that works very well. The jersey and pants are from the Cubs’ pennant-winning campaign in 1929, and the hat from the 1914 season.
Now for the reds:
This set featured prominently during the 1914-20 period, and you can consider the Reds batting helmet an early favorite for the ‘best thing’ when it comes to FoD 2022 match uniforms.
MLB has leaned in to have mic conversations with players in the dugout and even on the field while the game is in progress, and unsurprisingly, that will be the case Thursday night. The lucky/distressed players for this game will be Reds first baseman Joey Votto and Cubs outfielder Ian Happ. They will vibrate the two-way mic at some point during the game. Given Votto’s engaging presence and sense of humor, he might be an ideal candidate for this sort of thing.
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3. The ballpark will be the star
Just like last year, the purpose-built FoD baseball stadium will be the story of the night. As noted above, the terrain in the film is not suited for MLB competition, but the one used captures the same essence through grace notes like the manual scoreboard and the surrounding 159 acres of cornstalks. 10 feet. Adding to the ambiance is the seven-foot-high fine-mesh green fence that makes it look like, yes, they’re playing right in the middle of an Iowa cornfield.
Additionally, each team will have a throwback logo carved into the corn just beyond the right field wall. Concerning:
4. It will be hard to beat last year’s edition
The first FoD game, unlike this year’s pattern, involved contenders and possible playoff teams. Additionally, White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson provided one of the most memorable closing acts of the season against the Yankees:
Additionally, MLB notes that last year’s game “draw nearly six million viewers and marked the most-watched regular-season baseball game on any network since 1998.”
Given that the Reds and Cubs are both near the bottom of the National League Central standings and are vying for the draft spot at most in 2023, the stakes are obviously much lower. That said, the location and the visuals are the real stars of the FoD game, and these will once again be in great shape.