Field of Dreams game falls victim to COVID-19 pandemic
Aug 07 2020
The "Field of Dreams" game, which was to be held in Dyersville, IA, was not canceled as a result of rising positive COVID-19 tests within the Cardinals organization, but for "logistical reasons", according to the report.
"We made every effort to go ahead with a first-class event for the people of Iowa, admirers of the film and fans generally", commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday in a statement. The game was scrapped the same day the Major League Baseball announced that thirteen Cardinals players and staffers tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week. "We hope to host this event in Iowa in 2021". Major League Baseball did not say whether that factored into the decision to cancel.
The White Sox were originally supposed to play the Yankees in the Field of Dreams game but because of the COVID-induced scheduling changes, they had to switch the Yankees with a team on Chicago's schedule.
According to ESPN, the White Sox will be part of the 2021 game but the other team hasn't been set in stone. The White Sox will now host the Cardinals in a three-game series starting August 14.
Field of Dreams stars Kevin Costner as local corn farmer Ray Kinsella who hears voices commanding him to build a baseball diamond in his farm.