Like most baseball-loving youngsters, Aaron Decide watched “Subject of Goals” as a teen. Little did he know, a number of a long time later he would get to grace the diamond close to the place Kevin Costner shot the long-lasting 1989 movie within the Iowa cornfields.
“It’s form of a dream come true,” the Yankees outfielder stated over Zoom on Wednesday, following a 5-2, series-clinching victory over the Royals. “You by no means assume you’ll get a likelihood to play on the Subject of Goals. However getting this chance, the possibility to stroll via the corn, it’s going to be an enormous second, a particular second.”
Decide’s teammates and supervisor echoed that sentiment, that this sport towards the White Sox —whose 1919 Black Sox group figured prominently within the film — Thursday evening can be in contrast to another they play this season. It will likely be performed at an 7,911-seat stadium that was constructed simply north of the place the film was shot. The unique discipline is a vacationer attraction. A corn maze was constructed exterior the outfield partitions and a path connects the 2 fields. The size are much like that of outdated Comiskey Park, the place the White Sox performed from 1910-90. Each groups will put on throwback uniforms primarily based on their 1919 threads, including to the sport’s nostalgic tenor.
Reliever Chad Inexperienced stated his teammates have been speaking about it for the final week, excitedly chatting in regards to the alternative that awaits them in Dyersville, Iowa. The sport was alleged to be performed final season, but it surely was pushed again a 12 months because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s going to be form of cool to do the entire expertise,” Inexperienced stated. “Take a tour of the sector and see the home and simply form of take all of it in. Guys are positively trying ahead to going there.”
Aaron Boone has gotten to expertise a number of of those novelties. First, as a supervisor when the Yankees performed the Crimson Sox in London in 2019. Then, as a broadcaster, he received to name a sport for ESPN in 2016 at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, and likewise was in a position to name the Little League World Collection in Williamsport, Pa. He at all times dreamed as a child of getting there as a participant.
“To see it was fairly cool,” Boone stated. “Subject of Goals can be much like that.”
Decide solely has one downside with the particular occasion. After Thursday, the 2 groups have a day without work, then resume the collection in Chicago on Saturday.
“I want we have been taking part in three video games there,” he stated. “Everybody’s placing in all this work constructing the stadium, doing what they should do, and it’s all for one sport. However I do know everybody on this clubhouse is happy for it.”