It was the summer of 1997. Bill Clinton was president, Hanson was everything, and I was 7 years old. My family was on what seemed like an endless road trip throughout the Midwest, and that August day found us in Iowa.
After hours spent getting lost (what we wouldn't have given for a Garmin back then), eating at roadside burger joints, and playing The Alphabet Game, my father pulled over at what looked like an average Iowa cornfield at the end of a dirt road. He announced to my sister, Emmy, and I that we were at the Field of Dreams. While I was far too young to have an appreciation for Kevin Costner, if there was one thing I knew, it was baseball. So I looked up from my Game Boy Color and joined him for a walk to the diamond.
Baseball was my thing. I was born with the initials MLB, so my fascination was probably inevitable. My dad took me to my first game when I was six months old and I spent the rest of my childhood jumping at the chance to spend an evening with him in the upper deck of the Kingdome, the former home of the Seattle Mariners, cracking peanuts and talking Ken Griffey, Jr.
I eagerly picked up one of the smallest bats propped up against the fence. I already had big plans to become the first woman to play in the majors but I figured I could slum it in the amateurs for one game.
I waited -- albeit impatiently, with my hands stuffed in the pockets of my jorts -- for my turn at the plate. By that point, eight years after the movie was released, the grass was packed and imperfect from years of use and the bases were anything but pristine. But to me, it was everything I wanted it to be.
The other visitors had organized themselves flawlessly into a fielding team of nine -- although it was far from anything I had seen at the Kingdome. The motley crew was made up of men and women from the ages of 5 to 85 and athletic ability ran the gamut.
After what seemed like ages, it was my turn at the plate. A middle-aged man who was that game's pitcher threw me a couple of zingers (they were definitely 10 mph lobs) and my years of tee-ball and coach-pitch paid off. I hit a grounder over to second and ran as quickly as my lace-up Keds allowed me to make it to first base. I had hit a single at the Field of Dreams.
For years to come it was the most exciting day of my life -- college graduation was a close second.
Now, a development company, Go the Distance Baseball LLC, has big plans to put $38 million dollars towards completely redesigning Dyersville's Field of Dreams. Should the plan come to fruition, the original, picturesque, simple diamond will turn into 24 ball fields.
The people of Dyersville are voicing concern about the development, and I have to agree with them.
The irony of "If you build it, they will come" is not lost on me. I'm sure the project wouldn't turn into the absolute Disney-esque monstrosity that I fear it will become. But the problem is, it has already been built. They've already come.
James Earl Jones as Terence Mann says in the film, "The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh ... people will come Ray. People will most definitely come."
The current Field of Dreams, the original Field of Dreams, is exactly that. It is a part of the past -- a reminder of all that once was good and it could be again.
It may not be the cash cow that Go the Distance Baseball LLC can promise, but in its simplicity, it is perfect. It answers the iconic question of "Is this heaven?" with "No, it's Iowa." It's a place where visitors can step foot on the field, and much like the movie's characters, be transported to a world where baseball is everything and all that matters. It's a place where a skinny 7-year-old kid can wait just 15 minutes, play in a pickup game with complete strangers, and feel like Babe Ruth.
I have to argue that this the one time to alter the everlasting wisdom of James Earl Jones: If you save it, they will come. People will most definitely come.
Scotty Smalls (Tom Guiry) moves to a new neighborhood with his mom and stepdad, and wants to learn to play baseball. The neighborhood baseball guru Rodriguez (Mike Vitar) takes Smalls under his wing, and soon he's part of the local baseball buddies. They fall into adventures involving baseball, treehouse sleep-ins, the desirous lifeguard at the local pool, the snooty rival ball team, and the travelling fair. Beyond the fence at the back of the sandlot, menaces a legendary ball-eating dog called "The Beast", and the kids inevitably must deal with him. Directed by: David M. Evans. Cast: Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Patrick Renna, Chauncey Leopardi, Marty York, Brandon Quintin Adams, Grant Gelt, Shane Obedzinski, Victor DiMattio, Denis Leary, Karen Allen, James Earl Jones. Release Date: April 7, 1993.
Disney's The Rookie based on the true story of Jimmy Morris.
Trailer for 'Rookie of the Year' starring Thomas Ian Nicholas, Gary Busey, and Daniel Stern.
www.vladtv.com Aging baseball star who goes by the nickname, Mr. 3000, finds out many years after retirement that he didn't quite reach 3000 hits. Now at age 47 he's back to try and reach that goal.
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www.moviespoilersite.com In the farm of Oregon Dottie Henson and Kit Keller are working on the farm. Sisters that do love each other, except when it comes to baseball. Kit wants to play in the league but is upset to hear that it is Dottie who is chosen to play for the AAPGL. (All American Pro Girls League) Dottie refuses to play unless Kit can come along. AAPGL was only made because of the World War II and all of the man were in the war. Along the way to the stadium they meet Marla Hooch who is a great hitter, but to most people not the prettiest girl. When they are going to try out they meet Doris and Mae because Doris threw a baseball at Dottie who caught it impressing Doris. They girls find out their new manager is Jimmy Dugan. Jimmy Dugan drinks a lot and is the worst manager until Dottie get through to him and he becomes a better person. Miss Cuthbert makes sure the rules are followed, no boys, no drinking or smoking until Mae poisons her meal. The girls go to party and Marla who had been overlooked a lot is noticed by a guy named Nelson. Dottie's husband Bob is in the army and when news comes that a man in the army has been killed it turns out to be Betty Spaghetti. After awhile, Kit feels that once again like at home she is behind Dottie's shadow. Dottie notices it to and asks to be transferred to another team. Of course Mr. Lovitz doesn't want the best player to be transferred so he has Kit transferred to Racine. Kit feels that Dottie did this on purpose. Kit <b>...</b>
Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane and DB Sweeney score in this uplifting story of triumph over adversity that "hits an emotional home run." Conor O'Neill (Reeves) is a down-on-his-luck gambler in debt to dangerous loan sharks. Desperate for cash, Conor reluctantly takes a job coaching a youth baseball team. The "team" turns out to be a ragtag group of tough-talking kids from Chicago's inner city. Secretly, Conor plans to desert the team after he wins a big bet. But the stakes are higher than Conor imagined: The kids need someone to believe in. As Conor wrestles with his past, the kids start to teach him some lessons that will forever change his future -- that responsibility and trust must be earned and hope can appear in the most unlikely places.
For Love of the Game Trailer
Field of Dreams Trailer
Trailer for 'Fever Pitch' Starring Drew Barrymore, Jimmy Fallon, and Kadee Strickland.
Comedia. Drama. Romance. Deporte (béisbol) / Todos los veranos las mejores promesas de la liga universitaria de béisbol se reúnen en una escuela de Cabo Cod, en el estado de Massachussets, con el objetivo de preparar a los mejores para dar el salto a la liga profesional. Un chico del lugar, Ryan Dunne, con fama de ser un excepcional repetidor, se la jugará en un ambiente enrarecido por la rivalidad con uno de sus compañeros y los encantos de una niña rica que pueden distraerle gravemente de sus objetivos. Reparto: Freddie Prinze Jr., Jessica Biel, Brittany Murphy, Matthew Lillard, Fred Ward, Beverly D'Angelo, Jason Gedrick, Wilmer Valderrama, Gabriel Mann, Marc Blucas, Bruce Davison, Brian Dennehy, John C. McGinley, Zena Grey, Hank Aaron.
Film adaptation of the George Abbott Broadway musical about a Washington Senators fan who makes a pact with the Devil to help his baseball team win the league pennant.
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A major surprise as one of 1976's top grossing films. THE BAD NEWS BEARS is a movie about children that is refreshing, utterly believable, and quite cleverly funny. Walter Matthau is at his absolute best as the grumbling beer-guzzling former minor-league pitcher who gets roped into coaching a band of half-pint misfits somewhat loosely called a team. With this bunch in uniform, it's impossible to get caught up in the suburban competitive spirit that drives other adults to extremes of parental dscipline. So, instead, the Bears have a good time.
"It Could Happen." The trailer for one of my all time favorites, Angels In The Outfield(1994) starring Danny Glover, Brenda Fricker, Tony Danza, Christopher Lloyd, Ben Johnson, Jay O. Sanders, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Directed by William Dear.
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