Tomorrow night, the Yankees will play the White Sox in Dyersville, Iowa in a field built in a cornfield in MLB’s “Field of Dreams” Game. The movie centers around a man who is told by voices to build a baseball field in his cornfield, and a series of mystical events ends in him repairing his relationship with his father. I’m not sure any of that second part will be happening as part of this game, but there will be a baseball game played in a cornfield tomorrow.
However, the event existing got us thinking, what other themed games could the Yankees play in with movie tie-ins? Here are seven suggestions.
If we’re sticking to baseball movies then it’s hard to pass up “Bull Durham” considering that there is a viable minor league stadium in the North Carolina city that hosts the Durham Bulls.
On the downside, part of the reason the “Field of Dreams” Game is happening is the more mystical elements of the film, and the fact that a cornfield is a more interesting setting for a game than a random MILB park. On the double downside, the Bulls are the Rays’ Triple-A affiliate, and with no other team in that area, they would probably have to be involved.
The most spiritually similar to the “Field of Dreams” event would probably be a “Sandlot” themed one. MLB probably can’t play a game in an actual sandlot-type field for safety reasons, but playing a game in a local neighborhood field could be something that could work.
“Rookie of the Year”
For too long, children have been allowed to attend baseball games without the fear that they would be pressed into action. No more.
As part of the “Rookie of the Year” Game, children from the crowd will be chosen as the day’s starting pitchers. If that random 11-year old didn’t want to allow 500-foot dingers to Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and the rest, then they shouldn’t have come to the game.
Another option could be “Little Big League” Day where various pre-teens have to manage a game. Sure, it would be unfair to see a kid get booed for leaving a reliever in one batter too long, but it might have to happen.
Why stick to baseball movies when there are other sports we can borrow from? In the football movie “The Replacements,” substitute players/scabs are brought in after the regular players in the fictional football league in the movie go on strike.
On second thought, this one may hit too close to home on what may happen to the labor situation in baseball soon.
That’s right, let’s send the Yankees out to the Pacific Northwest to play some vampire baseball.
Yes, the 2008 movie romance/fantasy movie aimed mostly at teen girls about supernatural beings includes a scene where vampires play baseball. I have not seen the movie itself, but have seen that particular part, as it is one of the most deranged scenes in movie history.
Going with the universe of the movie, the teams must wear old-timey uniforms, but also must play during a thunderstorm. Probably unsafe, but rules are rules.
“A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court”
A suggestion from PSA’s own Joshua Diemert, the Yankees would definitely be on the road for this one. Whoever they play, perhaps the Royals, the game would have to be played in some sort of field in an Arthurian castle, somewhat like the Bowser’s Castle stadium in beloved Nintendo Wii Game “Mario Super Sluggers.”
Screw it, let’s play baseball in space.