Reds vs. Cubs at the Field of Dreams: What we know about the game

2022-08-13 05:12:22 By : Ms. Fina Chan

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The Cincinnati Reds faced off against the Chicago Cubs Thursday in one of the most anticipated major league games of the year at a one-of-a-kind stadium.

The Cubs won the game, beating the Reds 4-2.

The 2022 Field of Dreams game is the second hosted by Major League Baseball in Dyersville, near where the 1989 film "Field of Dreams" was shot.

Here's what we know about Thursday's game:

Led by Drew Smyly and a 10-hit attack, the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-2 on Thursday night in Major League Baseball's second “Field of Dreams” game.

Nick Madrigal had three hits for Chicago in a throwback ballpark a short walk away from the main field for the 1989 movie. Smyly (5-6) pitched five scoreless innings and Ian Happ had two hits, including an RBI double that drove in Hoerner during a fast start for the Cubs.

Backed by Chicago's three-run first, Smyly improved to 3-1 with a 2.49 ERA in his last four starts. The left-hander allowed four hits and walked two while celebrating the fifth birthday for his daughter, Parker.

Cincinnati dropped its fourth straight game. Matt Reynolds hit a two-run double in the seventh, but the last-place Reds went down in order in the final two innings.

Major League Baseball returned to Dyersville - population of about 4,400 - after its first “Field of Dreams” game was a smashing success. The Chicago White Sox topped the New York Yankees 9-8 on Tim Anderson's electric homer last year in the first MLB game in Iowa.

But the sequel lacked the drama of the original version. Chicago and Cincinnati dropped out of contention a long time ago, and the Cubs grabbed control right at the start against Nick Lodolo (3-4).

Seiya Suzuki and Happ each hit an RBI double in the first, and Hoerner had a run-scoring single. The rally started after Lodolo retired the first two batters.

Madrigal tacked on an RBI single for a 4-0 lead in the fourth.

The Field of Dreams is located in Dyersville, Iowa, near the movie location.

The game, the field, the whole setup is like a dream. Built into a cornfield, the ballpark is inspired by the movie starring Kevin Costner, Ray Liotta, James Earl Jones, Amy Madigan, and Timothy Busfield.

According to MLB, the right field fence has a unique design that accentuates the corn through a fine mesh seven-foot high green chain link fence with offset vertical support posts – meaning the posts will actually be in the corn.

The stalks that produce field corn will grow 10 feet to 12 feet high.

Officials will use a manual scoreboard that will be in the corn behind the right field fence.

MLB said Reds and Cubs throwback logos have been etched into the historic cornfield that will be visible during the game's broadcast.

The Cincinnati Reds have unveiled a special throwback uniform that the team will wear in this week's Field of Dreams game in Dyersville.

The Reds will wear 1919-inspired uniforms that are white with navy pinstripes and the club's classic script-C, embroidered on the left chest.

The Reds' hat is also white with navy pinstripes all around with a vintage red "C" on the front two panels.

Chicago's uniforms feature a cream uniform with a script-C embroidered on the left chest with a bear holding a baseball bat inside of the letter.

The Cubs' caps are dark blue with the same bear from the logo on the uniform but in white.

Last year's participants, the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox, also wore 1919-inspired throwback uniforms.

Field of Dreams game merchandise featuring the throwback logos is now on sale at the Reds team shop.


The Reds Field of Dreams game is a dream come true for so many fans, but this game holds a special significance to first baseman Joey Votto.

The Reds star took to Twitter to share his story.

Watching Field of Dreams before the game tomorrow. I thought I would share a few thoughts about what the movie and this trip mean to me.

Votto says he was raised on "Field of Dreams," he was just shy of 6 years old when the movie premiered in theaters.

He says the movie is centered around a catch with a father, and that meant a lot for him, especially after his father passed away in 2008.

In his tweet, Votto said, "it is impossible for me not to feel an emotional connection to the moment where ray asks his father for a catch. One more moment together."

He also called Thursday's game an exceptional moment in his lifetime.

Most of the Reds roster wasn't even born yet when the movie came out, but players say they are honored for this opportunity to play.

"I'm just excited to go play in the middle of Nowhere. I've no, you know, I've never done that. You know, it's literally-- I heard it there's no hotels or anything around there. So it's the middle of a cornfield to once-a-lifetime opportunity," Jonathon India said.

"The whole atmosphere about it, you know, just the history behind it and just the old-timey feel and you know, the, the old uniforms and just I just see the atmosphere, I think it'd be a fun time," Nick Senzel said.


On Wednesday afternoon, the Field of Dreams was about the little leaguers.

The young baseball players couldn't believe they got to play on the iconic field!

"Not everybody gets to do this, and I'm one of the few people that gets to. It's unbelievable," said Reds RBI player Kendall Richard.

The 13- to 15-year-olds from Chicago and Cincinnati were chosen to play in Dyersville as a part of the MLB's efforts to RBI — Revive Baseball in Inner Cities. And it's working.

The kids from Cincinnati know the movie and are really excited about the opportunity.

"The movie is really cool. But when you're seeing it in real life, it's a whole nother experience. This is something I'd never thought I'd see before," Reds RBI player Garvin Dixon said.

It's not just the kids who are wide-eyed.

The kids' coaches grew up watching the Field of Dreams. Now, they're bringing a busload of boys to play on grass that they say is more than just grass.

"I kind of feel like a kid a little bit. You know? It's been great, man. To just be on what is actually sacred ground, right?" Reds RBI Coach Roosevelt Barnes said.

It's that experience that resonates with so many baseball lovers that come to Dyersville to celebrate America's pastime in America's heartland.

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