MLB schedule-makers have gotten increasingly creative in recent years, staging games in London, Williamsport (home of the Little League World Series) and Omaha (site of the annual College World Series). This year the league tapped Dyersville, Iowa—film location of the iconic Hollywood blockbuster Field of Dreams—to host a game between the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox on August 13.
Despite obvious complications—the league’s coronavirus-shortened season won’t begin for another three weeks—MLB hopes the game can go on as planned. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the 8,000-seat temporary stadium is still under construction but should be ready to host a game this summer. However, if the game does go on, it reportedly won’t include the Yankees. To restrict travel amid a global pandemic, all teams are required to stay within their geographic region, which means the Bombers and Pale Hose won’t be facing each other in 2020.
The White Sox, who play their home games roughly 200 miles east of Dyersville, are still expected to compete, though obviously they’ll need a new opponent. Per Sherman, the league is mulling the Brewers, Cardinals and Cubs as possible replacements with the Yankees confined to the east coast.
The Cubs and Cardinals were slated to play a two-game series in London earlier this month, though obviously COVID’s continued prevalence prevented that from happening. Considering their strong fan bases, either would be an excellent choice to face the White Sox in Iowa. Shoeless Joe Jackson, banned from the sport for his involvement in the Black Sox scandal of 1919, features prominently in Field of Dreams, the critically-acclaimed 1989 fantasy drama starring Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones and Ray Liotta as Shoeless Joe.
Nostalgia has always been a major selling point of baseball and what could be more nostalgic than playing in an Iowa cornfield?