By Terrance Turner
Aug. 12, 2021
Tonight was a baseball game unlike any other. Tonight’s match between the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox was played in Dyersville, Iowa — near the iconic cornfield from the iconic film “Field of Dreams” (1989). In the film, Kevin Costner plays a farmer who builds a baseball field in his Iowa cornfield after hearing a voice: “If you build it, they will come.”
Indeed they did. 8000 fans were in attendance. As of Thursday afternoon, just hours before the first pitch, resale tickets started at $1,383 via StubHub. Major League Baseball constructed a temporary ballpark next to the legendary cornfield from the film. The game began with Kevin Costner emerging from the cornfield, followed by the players:
“Thirty years ago — thirty! — on the other side of that corn, we filmed a movie that stood the test of time. Tonight, thanks to that enduring impact that that little movie had, it’s allowed us to come here again,” Costner said. “But on a field that Major League Baseball built. We’ve come to watch the first-place White Sox and the mighty Yankees on a field that was once corn. It’s perfect.”
For baseball lovers, it was indeed. “Is this heaven?” Costner asked. For baseball fans everywhere, the answer was an unequivocal yes.
Jose Abreu hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning. In the top of the 3rd, Yankees Aaron Judge crushed a three-run home run, giving New York a 3-1 lead. After Adam Engel scored on a double by Tim Anderson, White Sox Eloy Jimenez matched Judge’s firepower with a three-run homer of his own. That put the White Sox back on top 5-3.
By the top of the 6th, the White Sox were ahead 7-4. White Sox pitcher Lance Lynn exited the game, following Brett Gardner’s home run. Lynn had 4 hits, 2 walks allowed and 7 strikeouts, according to The Athletic. Pitcher Michael Kopech took over.
As the ninth inning got underway, Chicago maintained a 7-4 lead. But in the top of the ninth (with 2 outs!) Aaron Judge blasted a two-run homer on the very first pitch.
Then Giancarlo Stanton — dogged by hitting problems all season — hit a homer of his own. The Yankees were back on top, leading 8-6. They had scored four runs in the ninth inning, and Judge had simply shined.
But it wasn’t enough. In the bottom of the ninth, Anderson smashed a walkoff home run to win it. The White Sox won, 9-8. This is the only game the Yankees have lost this season in which both Stanton and Judge have homered.