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White Sox vs. Cardinals at Field of Dreams game

Thursday, Jul 2, 2020

* AP

The St. Louis Cardinals have replaced the New York Yankees as the opponent for the Chicago White Sox in the Field of Dreams game on Aug. 13 at Dyersville, Iowa.

The schedule change caused by the new coronavirus pandemic meant the White Sox no longer play the Yankees this season. The new opponent, first reported by The Des Moines Register, was confirmed to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the arrangements who spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the matchup has not been announced.

Major League Baseball hopes to announce its new schedule next week. Each team will play 60 games, 40 against division rivals and 20 against teams in the corresponding regional division in the other league. […]

A temporary 8,000-seat stadium is nearing completion at the site, about 200 miles west of Chicago, adjacent to where the movie was filmed on a diamond in a cornfield. This would be the major league game played in Iowa.

I am pretty sure the baseball season will at least start. Whether MLB finishes the season is still far up in the air.

This is a Major League Baseball open thread.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

18 Comments
  1. - ChicagoVinny - Thursday, Jul 2, 20 @ 11:11 am:

    I think the NHL has the right idea hosting its games in Canada, the entire country had only ~280 new cases yesterday.

    Maybe the NFL should just have the season in Europe?


  2. - Gohawks123 - Thursday, Jul 2, 20 @ 11:13 am:

    Welp the only thing that could stop the White Sox’s this year is a global pandemic….. go figure


  3. - Lucky Pierre - Thursday, Jul 2, 20 @ 11:16 am:

    The logistics of getting 8,000 people down 2 lane roads to the Field of Dreams in Dyersville IA (population just over 4,000) will be very interesting


  4. - Chatham Resident - Thursday, Jul 2, 20 @ 11:29 am:

    The US-20 corridor from Rockford to Dyersville, IA is a baseball enthusiast’s dream.

    The remnants of Beyer Stadium in Rockford (corner of 15th and Seminary on the south side of the city). Home of the Rockford Peaches, made legendary in “A League of their Own.”

    In Freeport there’s Little Cubs Field (1160 West Empire St.), a replica of Wrigley.

    Then Field of Dreams northeast of Dyersville.

    Also in the “Field of Dreams” movie, the scenes set in Chisholm, MN (when Ray went back in time and met Moonlight Graham) were actually filmed in Galena.


  5. - Steve Rogers - Thursday, Jul 2, 20 @ 11:38 am:

    LP: if you build it, they will come.


  6. - Amalia - Thursday, Jul 2, 20 @ 11:39 am:

    thank god we aren’t playing the Cubs, an idea floated. so hoping the season actually happens. still smarting over the strike season and the lost promise of Sox victory then so at least want a chance to make it happen this year even if fewer games and not being in the park. saw an idea to do a drive in movie type of setting, game inside, fans in cars outside watching on a big screen. might be fun.


  7. - Annonin' - Thursday, Jul 2, 20 @ 11:42 am:

    Still no fans right


  8. - JudgeDavidDavis - Thursday, Jul 2, 20 @ 11:52 am:

    IMHO, White Sox/Cardinals don’t play each other enough. They share a common enemy, BTW.
    Seems hard to find out if they will have fans present for the game , plus ticket availability.


  9. - Helm - Thursday, Jul 2, 20 @ 12:12 pm:

    Cubs Season Ticket Rant. Cubs are refunding payments one month at a time. Just received my June refund. They know damn well we ain’t stepping in Wrigley this year.

    Bears just went ahead and refunded everyone their money.

    Never did I think the McCaskey’s would look reasonable when it came to financial decisions impacting fans.

    Rickets are ridiculous. Sigh.


  10. - Calm and Cautious - Thursday, Jul 2, 20 @ 12:24 pm:

    Of all the temptations to do overly risky things in the time of COVID, I think that going to a Cubs game if they open Wrigley with limited capacity might be the most difficult to resist


  11. - Northsider - Thursday, Jul 2, 20 @ 12:25 pm:

    Chicago Vinny @ 11:11

    Too late. The EU has banned us from Europe because we’re a nation of Covidiots.


  12. - Amalia - Thursday, Jul 2, 20 @ 12:39 pm:

    @Helm, what you don’t want your money sitting in the bank so the Ricketts family can donate more money to Trump?


  13. - ChicagoVinny - Thursday, Jul 2, 20 @ 12:54 pm:

    @Northsider NHL worked out an exception with Canada since non-essential travel between Canada and US is banned.

    I concede Canadians might have a different opinion of how essential hockey is than Europeans would with American football.


  14. - levivotedforjudy - Thursday, Jul 2, 20 @ 1:26 pm:

    As a Metro-East native who has spent most of my adult life in Chicago (and got to watch the Big Hurt come up and Harry Carey & Jimmy Piersall do Sox games when I was in college), this would be my dream 2020 World Series.


  15. - Chatham Resident - Thursday, Jul 2, 20 @ 1:50 pm:

    Out of curiousity, were there any Cardinals fans from roughly 1971-81 (especially downstate) that adopted the White Sox as “my American League team.”

    Due to Harry Caray becoming White Sox radio/TV announcer in ‘71 (until the SportsVision fiasco ten years later–then the rest is history). Only two years after being unceremoniously fired as Cards announcer after 25 seasons (plus his disastrous 1970 year with Charlie Finley’s A’s).


  16. - 44th - Thursday, Jul 2, 20 @ 3:28 pm:

    8000 reasons to say no thank you.


  17. - Veil of Ignorance - Thursday, Jul 2, 20 @ 3:31 pm:

    So excited to see this new young White Sox team take the field, but I’m honestly concerned if this season is worth it given the very real risks to players, coaches, staff and their families.


  18. - Papa2008 - Thursday, Jul 2, 20 @ 4:16 pm:

    Chatham Resident:
    As a Reds fan from central Illinois, I really wanted a Reds/White Sox World Series last year. Couldn’t watch the Sox on TV back then, but had all the Wilbur Wood baseball cards I could find.


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