Sox to face Car­di­nals in Iowa

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - Daryl Van Schowen

The “Field of Dreams” game is still on, and the White Sox are still in it.

The Yan­kees are out, as ex­pected, and will give way to the Car­di­nals, MLB con­firmed Wed­nes­day.

The game, which will be played on a new di­a­mond con­structed in the corn­fields of Dy­ersville, Iowa, orig­i­nally was set for the Sox and Yan­kees on the 2020 sched­ule as a Thurs­day night spe­cial event Aug. 13, tele­vised by Fox. The set­ting is the lo­ca­tion of the “Field of Dreams” movie, re­leased in 1989, about the in­fa­mous 1919 Black Sox com­ing from out of the corn­fields to play ball.

A tem­po­rary 8,000seat sta­dium is be­ing con­structed at the site, which would be a home game for the Sox. It’s un­cer­tain, though, if fans will be able to at­tend be­cause of the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

The 60-game sched­ule, ex­pected to be an­nounced soon, will have teams face divi­sion foes and those from the same ge­o­graph­i­cal divi­sion in the op­po­site league, sep­a­rat­ing the Sox of the AL Cen­tral from the Yan­kees of the AL East. The Car­di­nals play in the NL Cen­tral.

The Cubs, who have a siz­able fol­low­ing in Iowa and na­tional TV-rat­ings ap­peal, were thought to be a con­sid­er­a­tion to play the Sox af­ter the Yan­kees were elim­i­nated. The Car­di­nals were sup­posed to play two games against the Cubs in Lon­don in June. The Cubs and Sox are about 200 miles from Dy­ersville; the Car­di­nals about 350.

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