Field(s) of Dreams … 2008

As we look forward to 2008, and the final season for the New York Yankees at “The House That Ruth Built” [Yankee Stadium], the image of that “magical” Baseball Field, on a farm in the middle of an Iowa corn field [in the movie “Field of Dreams”] fills my mind!

My vision is focused on the classic scene towards the end of the movie when Ray Kinsella’s brother-in-law [Mark] is trying to convince him to sell his farm. Mark can’t believe Ray [Kevin Costner] plowed-up his major crop, on his valuable farm land, to build a Baseball Field.

But, Ray’s little daughter [Karin] has enough wisdom for all the adults present that day, when she said “but, they will come, daddy”. Ray’s puzzled response was “who will come, Karin”? “The people, they will come to see the ballplayers play the games”, Karin confidently explains…

Mark goes crazy, not believing what he is hearing [since he can’t see the players on the field – he thinks Ray and his whole family are nuts].

Then, the James Earl Jones character [the famous writer, Terence Mann] stands up from his seat in the bleachers, and looks out at this magical Field with a gaze of wonder and excitement in his eyes – as if he was transferred back in time to the days of his youth…

Those are the same days all of us who love Baseball have experienced when we were growing-up. Days filled with playing baseball, all day and all summer long; and, rooting for our favorite team and players – with dreams of maybe someday playing in the Major Leagues. These were days of idolizing our heroes, and loving everything about the game of baseball! [and, these same feelings have stayed with us all our lives].

As all eyes turn toward Terence Mann, the action on the field stops and this brief moment is frozen in time as Mr. Mann eloquently starts to speak from his heart. His vision is so clear in his mind, and the words that flow from his mouth will last a lifetime…

“Ray, people will come Ray…They’ll come to Iowa for reasons they can’t even fathom…They’ll turn up your driveway not knowing for sure why they’re doing it…They’ll arrive at your door as innocent as children…longing for the past…Of course, we won’t mind if you look around, you’ll say…It’s only $20 per person…They’ll pass over the money without even thinking about it…for it is money they have…and peace they lack”…

“And, they’ll walk out to the bleachers…sit in shirtsleeves on a perfect afternoon…They’ll find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines…where they sat when they were children…and cheered their heroes…And they’ll watch the game…and, it’ll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters…The memories will be so thick…they’ll have to brush them away from their faces”…

“People will come Ray”…

“The one constant through all the years, Ray…has been baseball…America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers…It has been erased like a blackboard…rebuilt and erased again…But baseball has marked the time…This field…this game…it’s a part of our past, Ray…It reminds us of all that once was good…and it could be again…Oh…people will come Ray…People will most definitely come”!!!

“If You Build It, They Will Come”  …

… [The Mystery Voice in the movie, “Field of Dreams”]

And, the final scene of the movie proved that “dreams do come true”, as we see a sky view of a road leading to Ray’s “Field of Dreams”, with miles and miles of cars on the road, driving to the Field.

The dream is alive in all our hearts, and it’s “Baseball” that fuels the dream!

May we all find our own “Field of Dreams” in 2008!

And, in 2009, at the new Yankee Stadium, may we start building new dreams that will travel with us well into the future, and always keep us close to the past!

Baseball transcends time…it becomes life, and we live to enjoy all that it has to offer!   Play Ball !!!

2 Comments

Thanks for linking me to this blog Jimmy, I’m glad I read it. I absolutely love Field of Dreams, especially the scene that you describe here. Like when we go to baseball games, we pass over the money to tickets without even thinking about it, for, as you say “it’s money that we [luckily] have, and peace we lack”. Baseball brings us peace in such a weird way, because at times it’s so stressful, but it brings you this kind of inexplicable peace. Baseball does become life, and it’s the one constant. Great post!
-Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

Hi, Elizabeth … Thank You !!!

“Field of Dreams” is one of my favorite baseball movies [or, any movie] of all-time !!! … The James Earl Jones scene and speech towards the end of the movie, is one of the greatest movie scenes ever … It really captures the beauty and greatness of “Our Great Game Of Baseball”; and, shows why we all have such an awesome “passion” for Baseball” !!! … Baseball truly does bring a peacefulness to all our lives; and, like I said in my above post, I really believe, “Baseball transcends time and it becomes life, and we live to enjoy all that it has to offer.” Thanks for the visit, Elizabeth … Jimmy [27NYY]

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