The Chicago White Sox are not going to be playing in the Field of Dreams game in 2020.
The Chicago White Sox are not going to be playing at the Field of Dreams in 2020. It was looking like they would have a second opportunity to do so against the St. Louis Cardinals after the schedule forced the New York Yankees out of it. It was changed because of the impact that COVID-19 had on the MLB schedule. They are only playing 60 games this season with no fans in attendance so maybe pushing the game off is better anyway.
The St. Louis Cardinals have had an outbreak of COVID-19 in their lockerroom with multiple players and coaches testing positive for the virus. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the outbreak isn’t the reason for canceling the game but it feels like it certainly didn’t help. This virus has hindered a lot of things in our lives this season and this is the latest.
If they are able to play the game with fans in 2021 then it will be worth it. It seems like this game would be better suited for a spectacle anyway. It is something that will be more fun with real people there to watch anyway. No offense to the Cardinals, but it will also be more fun against the New York Yankees anyway.
It has nothing to do with who is “more marketable” either. It has everything to do with the two teams that had the most relevance in the actual Field of Dreams movie. The main character, Ray Kinsella, was a fan of the Chicago White Sox and his dad, John Kinsella, was a Yankees fan. The saddest scene in the movie revolving around “having a catch”, features John wearing his Yankees jersey. You also can’t forget the impact that Shoeless Joe Jackson had on the movie as well and he is an all-time great White Sox player.
It would just feel right for this game to feature the White Sox and Yankees. Both teams are very good here in 2020 but they should both be even better in 2021. There is a real possibility that these teams meet in the playoffs at some point so the 2021 version of the Field of Dreams game might be a lot of fun.