Reds and Cubs to Play in 2022 Edition of “Field of Dreams” Game

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Sonny Gray #54
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Sonny Gray #54. Photo by John Fisher/CSM/Shutterstock (10318956v)

Players of the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs are next in line to experience some movie magic. The MLB announced on Friday that these two teams were selected to face off in the second edition of the league’s Field of Dreams Game.

The Reds and Cubs will meet on August 11th at the ballpark inspired by the iconic sports movie Field of Dreams. The temporary venue will be located in Dyersville, Iowa, near the location where the original movie was filmed.

Field of Dreams revolves around farmer who has a vision in which baseball great Shoeless Joe Jackson tells him to build a ballpark in his corn field. The farmer does what he’s told and the ballpark soon becomes a playing field for ghosts of other baseball legends.

MLB had plans for a Field of Dreams-themed game for years before, staging one between the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox earlier this month. The event, which ended with a White Sox’s 9-8 win, turned out to be a major hit. More than six million people tuned in to watch, making it the highest-rated regular season game in 15 years.

“I think it’s going to be an incredible experience, especially for a lot of us who grew up watching the movie,” said Reds manager David Bell, whose team will serve as the nominal host. “From everything I’ve been told and on TV, it looks like it’s just a really special and meaningful environment they’ve created out there.”