DYERSVILLE, Iowa – Egypt. Australia. A hot dog restaurant in Pennsylvania. A junior college in Chicago.
If Major League Baseball is looking for another location for a game, oh man, do we have any fun ideas.
The second game “Field of Dreams” is Thursday night in the cornfields of eastern Iowa, near the site of the beloved 1989 film. Chicago White Sox vs. New York Yankees – was a resounding success.
But Major League Baseball wants to wait before making a decision on a third “Field of Dreams” date. He’s been in touch with several cities about future games — including Evansville, Indiana, about Bosse Field, where parts of the 1992 movie ‘A League of Their Own’ were filmed — and he has a internal working group examining the possibilities.
Meanwhile, the Associated Press asked several sports and entertainment personalities where they would play a major league game if given the choice, and they responded with venues around the world.
Major League Baseball official historian John Thorn wants to return to Egypt. Not only did the major leaguers play a February 1889 game near the pyramids, but the earliest record of a game of bat and ball – seker-hemat, played by Egyptian pharaohs – comes from a wall relief in an Egyptian temple .
“A game like this played today would be doubly important because Egypt is not only the cradle of civilization but also the cradle of baseball,” Thorn said in an email.
Chicago White Sox closest Liam Hendriks wanted to play a game in his native Australia.
“Ideally, I’d like to take him to Baseball Park in Perth because that’s where I grew up playing,” Hendriks said. “Especially in Perth, we don’t really have someone on that coast very often, so being able to take him there would be a treat for everyone involved.”
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks opened the 2014 season in Australia, with the Dodgers winning two games at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Actor Michael Imperioli chose Rome because he said it was his favorite city in the world. But he wasn’t sure how he would be received.
“They love basketball there and obviously football,” he said. “But I don’t know if baseball translates so well. Although it would be quite fun to do it there.
Quite fun, indeed.
Connecting to home was a recurring theme.
Bonnie Hunt, actress and lifelong Cubs fan, suggested Wilbur Wright College near where she grew up in her hometown of Chicago.
“I would do it there because I remember my dad would hit the ball for us seven kids in the outfield, me and my six siblings, and we would run and catch the ball,” Hunt said. writer, director and showrunner. for ” amber brown», a new series on Apple TV+.
“My dad would throw the ball up in the air and hit it himself. And that would be my ‘Field of Dreams’…to go back to the old neighborhood and be with all the kids I grew up with.
Cleveland Guardians manager Terry Francona had a similar thought, but with a twist. Francona and her father, Tito, another former major league player, both grew up in New Brighton, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh.
Terry Francona, 63, wants to play in his home town – because of Brighton Hot Dog Shoppe.
“Hot dogs after the game,” Francona said with a smile. “Before and after.”
Like Francona, Phoenix Mercury guard Diamond DeShields also has strong family ties to baseball. DeShields’ father, Delino, spent 13 years in the majors, and his brother, Delino Jr., played 601 games with three teams in seven seasons.
Diamond DeShields had a more unusual idea.
“I think the inside of an airport hangar would be cool or an aircraft carrier if it was big enough to have a court like they do in college basketball,” she said. “I would say like on a military base. Inside a hangar would be awesome.”
Miami Marlins beat Atlanta Braves 5-2 in temporary stadium at Fort Bragg on July 3, 2016, and a return to a U.S. military post could be an attractive option for MLB.
Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, mentioned a few other possibilities that could very well be considered.
“I’m a fan of those few remaining places the black leagues called home,” Kendrick said in an email, “Rickwood Field as a tribute to Willie Mays and the Birmingham Black Barons or Paterson, (New Jersey) to Hinchliffe when it is restored as a tribute to Monte Irvin, Larry Doby and teams like the Black Yankees (of New York) and others who played at this historic site.
AP reporters Alicia Rancilio and Andrew Bray and AP Basketball writer Doug Feinberg contributed to this report.
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