Chicago White Sox: What would have been the Field of Dreams game

Vincent Parise
DYERSVILLE, IA - AUGUST 25: Cars parked at the baseball field created for the motion picture 'Field of Dreams' on August 25, 1991 in Dyersville, Iowa. Rita and Al Ameskamp who, with Don and Becky Lansing, co-own the site have turned the cornfields and baseball diamond into a summertime tourist attraction, including "ghost player" reenactments. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
DYERSVILLE, IA - AUGUST 25: Cars parked at the baseball field created for the motion picture 'Field of Dreams' on August 25, 1991 in Dyersville, Iowa. Rita and Al Ameskamp who, with Don and Becky Lansing, co-own the site have turned the cornfields and baseball diamond into a summertime tourist attraction, including "ghost player" reenactments. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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The Chicago White Sox and Cardinals were supposed to be playing in the Field of Dreams game.

As we wake up today, it is clear the COVID-19 is still taking away some of the more fun activities we would otherwise be doing as Americans. A baseball game pales in comparison to some of the other hardships that this health crisis has caused, but it is okay to feel sad that we won’t be watching the Chicago White Sox play at the Field of Dreams tonight.

They were originally supposed to be playing the New York Yankees who are a real fun ballclub to watch right now. Seeing studs like Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, and Gerrit Cole go up against guys like Yoan Moncada, Luis Robert, and Lucas Giolito would have been a real treat. Well, the pandemic hit so the league scheduled the Cardinals to be that team instead of the Yankees for scheduling reasons. Well, they have only played in five games this year because of their inept ability to take proper precautions to stay healthy.

The league canceled the game outright and claims it will be done next season. That is the light at the end of this dark tunnel. We were all so looking forward to seeing this game but doing it the right way in 2021 will be better. We hope that COVID-19 is somewhat in the past by this time next year and some fans are going to be able to attend the game.

Hopefully, they are able to play the New York Yankees as well because those two teams were the pillars of the movie as far as Ray Kinsella and his dad’s John’s character go. A lot of us remember what it was like to play catch with our fathers when we were young and Field of Dreams helps bring back those types of memories. When the darkness of the pandemic is behind us, hopefully, we can use the future edition of this game to help us heal any wounds or losses we have endured through this time. Sports can have that effect on people.

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Baseball is America’s past time for a reason and this Field of Dreams game is going to remind us of that. When we are all allowed to attend games again, it will bring us back to the feeling we got when we first heard Ray ask his dad if he “wants to have a catch?”. For now, just enjoy the baseball we do have and hope that everyone stays safe and healthy. We will be back, Iowa. We will be back.

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