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PEDELTY BOX: 'Field of Dreams' game is cool ... but that's all it is

MLB won't draw more fans catering to baseball fans

Some things are just cool.

I recognize this keenly as someone who is decidedly uncool, someone who wishes he were cool but, no matter what he does or how he tries, is most definitely not the least tiny bit cool.

Despite my vast personal shortcomings in the coolness department, however, I do usually know cool when I see it.

Major League Baseball's announcement that the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees will play a regular-season game at the "Field of Dreams" in Dyersville, Iowa, is most assuredly very, very cool ... but if we're being honest, it's not much more than that.

To get my personal bias out of the way: I despise the film that made the field famous — and for that matter, made the field. Released in 1989, "Field of Dreams" is a hokey, cheesy, quite honestly dumb movie that professes to be a love letter to baseball history but plays fast and lazy with details almost anyone who cares about baseball history would know. ("Shoeless" Joe Jackson batted left-handed, not right, for example. They sent star Ray Liotta, who played Shoeless Joe, to a hitting instructor as he had a horribly clueless swing, but it apparently didn't occur to them to turn him around for accuracy in this "love letter to baseball history?")

Not loving "Field of Dreams" is a very uncool opinion for a baseball fan to have, I know. But hey, I've already told you I'm not cool.

That being said, the main idea behind "Field of Dreams" is certainly cool, and so is the fact that Major League Baseball has decided to play a game on a new structure being erected next to the famed field from the film — a must-visit destination for baseball fans from all over the world.

No matter how much people are trying to make it into something more, though, cool is all it is.

I saw and heard quite a few people when the game was announced proclaim their wishes to go to the game. Good luck scoring one of the estimated 8,000 tickets.

I also saw and heard multiple people — including Marc Malusis during a commercial-bumping CBS Sports Minute on WSCR The Score out of Chicago — say that something like this is exactly what the game of baseball needs to "build its brand" and "promote the sport."

And that, my cooler-than-I Constant Readers, is where I say hold up on this whole "Field of Dreams" experience.

Because while it is cool, I'll be the first one to tell you that this game — even moreso than the Chicago Cubs-Pittsburgh Pirates contest coming up early next week in Williamsport, Penn., the home of the Little League World Series — is going to do absolutely nothing to "build MLB's brand" or "promote the sport" of baseball.

Do you know who cares about Major League Baseball playing a game at the "Field of Dreams"? Baseball fans and "Field of Dreams" fans. And I'm going to go out on a limb here and say a Venn diagram of those two fanbases pretty much just looks like one giant circle.

Big "Field of Dreams" fans are already big baseball fans, and most big baseball fans are already big "Field of Dreams" fans. I can also tell you that the vast majority of both groups are well into their 40s, 50s, 60s and later. Efforts to attract already big baseball fans already past middle age are not what Major League Baseball needs to be doing to "build its brand" or "promote the sport," I can promise you.

This "Field of Dreams Game" is preaching to the already-converted baseball choir.

That doesn't mean it's not a cool thing to do. It is ... but that's all that it is.

Even this uncool cat can tell you that.

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