Sox to face Cardinals in Iowa
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.