The long-awaited Field of Dreams game is tonight. It was originally scheduled for last season, August 13, 2020, to be exact. Then COVID hit, and given the realignment of the schedule, the Cardinals were chosen to replace the Yankees. Then the Cardinals had a COVID outbreak and the game got postponed to this season, with the Yankees slotting back in as the visiting team. Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect tonight:
Away: Yankees (63-51)
Home: White Sox (67-48)
Location: Dyersville, Iowa
Time: 7:05 p.m. ET
Yankees: Andrew Heaney (7-8, 5.45 ERA)
White Sox: Lance Lynn (10-3, 2.04 ERA) (Carlos Rodon was originally scheduled to start but recently went on the IL with left arm soreness)
Yeah, there are a lot:
Luis Severino (groin)
Gio Urshela (hamstring)
Gleyber Torres (thumb)
Aroldis Chapman (elbow)
Clarke Schmidt (elbow)
Miguel Andujar (wrist)
Domingo German (shoulder)
Clint Frazier (eye)
Michael King (finger)
Tim Locastro (knee, out for season)
Darren O’Day (hamstring, out for season)
Corey Kluber (shoulder)
Aaron Hicks (wrist, out for season)
The actual Field of Dreams field from the 1989 movie was not up to par for a major league game unless they made some significant alterations, so a separate field was constructed about 500 feet in the cornfields. The stadium holds about 8,000 people. The design of the new field is a homage to Comiskey Park, the longtime home of the White Sox until 1990. The dimensions are 300 feet to left, just over 350 feet to dead center, and 315 feet to left. There’s even a corn maze made to look like the MLB logo!
The teams will wear throwback uniforms, based on the uniforms they wore around 1919, due to that being the year of the Black Sox Scandal. Of course, the Yankees’ uniforms do not look much different than the current ones, with the main differences being the fonts of the interlocking “NY” on the hat and “New York” across the chest. That just goes to show how iconic and enduring the Yankees’ look is.
This will be the first-ever MLB game played in the state of Iowa.
This will be the 36th game in Yankees history that was not at the actual home of either team. This includes games in Buffalo and Dunedin against the Blue Jays these past two years, games in London and Tokyo, as well as games played at Braves Field in Boston on Sundays when Fenway Park was a house of worship in the early 20th century. The Yankees are 21-14 so far in these games.
The last time the Yankees wore a throwback jersey was on April 20, 2012 in Boston to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first game played at Fenway. They won that game 6-2.