YOU TALKIN’ TO ME – AUGUST 14
By ISM Staff

SHOULD THE FIELD OF DREAMS GAME BE AN ANNUAL EVENT OR A ONE AND DONE?

First of all, let’s give credit where credit is due.  The entire pageantry, from Kevin Costner walking out of the corn field to the Chicago White Sox Tim Anderson walk off homer, the 8th dinger of the contest, into the same Iowa corn stalks, was stupendous.   Major League Baseball did themselves proud with the entire extravaganza and, for one of the rare occasions,  the game lived up to the hype.

If you witnessed the spectacle. you saw a classic. If you missed it, you missed a “once-in-a-lifetime” and I’m not just talkin’ to you guys but I’m talkin’ to everyone.  From start to finish, everything about the Field of Dreams game was outstanding.

Brooklyn and South Beach, you can probably surmise from my opening statements where I’m going with this one.  I believe that the Field of Dreams event needs to be a “one-and-done” and not an annual event.

Big Apple Guy, I realize that FOX is going to want to make this an every year occurrence especially when just short of 6 million viewers tuned in.  Miami Vice Fella, I know that’s the most watched regular season tilt in 16 years and it will be tough to walk away from those numbers.

So, why not make it an annual event, you ask?  If you’re just interested in the money, then run it back.  If you’re interested in “quality” programming, then move on to something else.  How about a Dodger game back at the Coliseum with left field being 250 feet from home plate with a 60 foot screen like it was back in the late 1950s?  Guys, tell me that wouldn’t draw in excess of 100,000 spectators and at least 6 million folks glued to their television sets watching baseballs clear the Little League left field screen with regularity.

Gents, MLB and FOX captured “lightning in bottle” with the Field of Dreams concept and they will want to replicate it.    I don’t think they can do it again so I’m for, as the say in the entertainment business, the “one off” and move on.

So, there you have it.  Now, it’s your turn to chime in because, yeah, I’m talkin’ to you.

OK, Low Ball. I am with you here…mostly. The game and pageantry were stupendous. When the players took the field by emerging from the corn, I was excited. I thought that was a great touch.

The ball was flying out of that field. The players were certainly trying to hit it into the corn and the baseball carried well in Iowa to say the least.  With the White Sox walking it off with a homer in the 9th, I got worried that corn was going to go up in flames with the firework display that ensued from behind the batter’s eye.

The Field of Dreams movie is an absolute baseball classic. I thought the entire event was incredible and I would vote to make it an annual event. Sure, it is always difficult to create a great event. But why not try? Baseball has been challenged with keeping fans for years and this is clearly a winner. I feel they have nothing to lose to try it again and see.

MLB would get the chance to highlight two teams every season that casual fans don’t get to see with regularity. They would be downright wrong if they didn’t do it again. Heck, if my Mets were in the game, I would do my best to see that in person!

In a world where MLB is fading in terms of the number of fans, the Field of Dreams game was a winner with reconnecting fans to the history and traditions of the former national pastime. Let’s play two, Low Ball!

Adam Sznapstajler

Well guys, as the youngest one here, I probably have a different perspective on the movie from you but don’t worry. I’ve seen Field of Dreams a million times so that made this YOU TALKIN’ TO ME topic a simple one for me.

I had a great time watching the game although, I think, some of the hoopla around the game lessened the experience.  Still, for pure enjoyment and excitement, it was over the top.

For all the things you can hate on the MLB for, special events like this is not one of them. But I think there’s more they can do.

What about a 4 team mini tournament in the season? You can make it work in the schedule so there’s not any extra games, just a baseball “made for TV” event. What about a home run derby there with all the balls going into the corn and sponsored by Kellogg’s Corn Flakes?  Yeah, corny I know but I couldn’t resist.

What about having Los Angeles Clippers forward Terrence Mann making an appearance?  Coming out of the corn field, giving a speech, then exiting back through the yellow ears?  See, Low Ball and Brooklyn, I seen the flick!

I think my favorite idea would still be to play the next game in the actual smaller Field of Dreams field and enjoy a 25-24 slugfest with outfielders having to run into the cornfield to get doubles.  A TV ratings bonanza.

I’m just adding a little novelty and excitement to the contest.  What do you think of that, boys?