In 2021, MLB hosted its inaugural Field of Dreams Game, and it was a throwback extravaganza. In their follow-up, the league found a new way to appeal to the fans’ sentiments.
MLB Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. and his father, three-time All-Star Ken Griffey, started off Thursday’s Field of Dreams Game between the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds by playing catch in the outfield.
After emerging from the now-famous cornfield, young Griffey asked his father, “Hey dad, want to have a catch?”
After a few memorable moments—during which one dad bobbled his son’s first pitch—more dad-and-kid teams showed up to play, followed by members of the two opposing teams.
“Hey, pops, you up for a catch?” We’re getting emotional over the Griffeys. The #MLBatFieldOfDreams pic.twitter.com/FPXuppj11x MLB Tweet from August 11, 2022
Johnny Bench and Barry Larkin of the Reds and Ryne Sandberg, Andre Dawson, Billy Williams, Lee Smith, and Fergie Jenkins of the Cubs were among the many legendary alumni in attendance.
Say what you will about MLB, but you can’t deny that it knows how to evoke feelings of yesteryear. At least, when a specific Iowa cornfield is in play.
A video tribute was shown during the game in honor of Ray Liotta, who played Shoeless Joe Jackson in “Field of Dreams” before his untimely death earlier this year. Fox aired the video before the game, and it also played during a break in the first inning at the stadium.
In the words of his friend and coworker, “that’s the beauty of baseball and a movie like ‘Field of Dreams.’ He gets to live forever in our hearts.” Ray Liotta passed away earlier this year at the age of 67. Kevin Costner remembers his time working alongside Liotta and pays tribute to him in an emotional essay. pic.twitter.com/HRQ681OgbZ August 11, 2022 — FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX)
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