2022 MLB Fantasy Stadium: Four things to know as Cubs, Reds meet in Iowa

2022 MLB Fantasy Stadium: Four things to know as Cubs, Reds meet in Iowa


On Thursday, the Children of Chicago and Cincinnati Reds we will meet in Dyersville, Iowa, for the second edition of the Major League Baseball Fantasy Game. This game is a living memory of the famous 1989 movie”Field of Dreams“which starred Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Amy Madigan, and the late Ray Liotta was in part an exploration of baseball nostalgia.

While opinions differ on the film’s merits, there’s no denying that it’s one of the most talked-about and recognizable baseball movies ever made (it was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture). The film is based on the decision made by Costner’s farmer to carve a baseball diamond in his cornfield — at great personal risk and expense — all because a mysterious whispering voice told him:

The stadium will be visited by the ghosts of former baseball players and absent from the life of Costner’s character. But enough spoilers.

The dimensions of the movie field itself — now a popular tourist attraction in Iowa — aren’t that a major league game could be played there, but an intimate field built for last year’s first FoD Game between New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox He certainly captured the essence of things. People, there was a lot of corn.

Now let’s set the scene for the second edition of Field of Fantasy Game by explaining the important things to know.

How to watch a Fantasy Stadium Game

Where: Dyersville, Iowa | When: 7:15 pm ET on Thursday, Aug. 11
TV station: Fox | Live stream: fuboTV (try it free)
Odds: TBD

Now for a few things to know about the 2022 edition.

1. The Reds and Cubs will be wearing throwback uniforms

Given that the movie Field of Dreams is based on the Deadball Era of more than a century ago, the two competing forces will be dressed accordingly. It says here they will look very good. First, children’s children:

And:

This is a bit of a mashup that works very well. The jersey and pants are from the Cubs’ 1929 pennant winning campaign, and the cap is from the 1914 season.

Now for the Reds:

The collection featured heavily in the 1914-20 period, and you can consider the Reds batting cap to be the “best thing ever” when it comes to FoD’s 2022 game kits.

MLB has relied on talking to players on and off the field during the game, and it’s no surprise that will be the case Thursday night. The lucky/lucky players in this game will be Liverpool first baseman Joey Votto and Cubs outfielder Ian Happ. They will be rocking a two-way microphone at some point during the game. Given Votto’s engaging presence and sense of humor, he might be perfect for this kind of thing.

3. The football field will be the star

Just like last year, the specially designed FoD football stadium will be the story of the night. As noted above, the field from the movie is not suitable for an MLB contest, but the one used captures the same essence with gracious details such as the scoreboard and 159 acres of 10-foot corn stalks surrounding it. Adding to the ambiance is a beautiful seven-foot green chain-link fence that makes it look like, yes, they’re playing right in the middle of an Iowa cornfield.

Also, each team will have a throwback logo carved into the corn outside the right field wall. Attitude:

4. It will be difficult to top last year’s edition

The first FoD game, unlike this year’s model, involved contenders and eventually playoff teams. Similarly, White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson delivered one of the most memorable pitches to close the season against the Yankees:

Similarly, MLB notes that last year’s game “delivered nearly six million viewers and marked the most-watched single-season baseball game on any network since 1998.”

Given that the Reds and Cubs are both near the bottom of the National League Central standings and at the very least competing for a draft position in 2023, it’s clear that the stakes are lower. That said, the venue and visuals are the real stars of the FoD game, and those will be in top form once again.

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