J. D. Thorne, speaker and author of the new book Baseball’s Winning Ways (Available on Amazon Books).
“Field of Dreams Game”
While the attention of the baseball world was focusing on the first MLB game ever played in Iowa, the NL Central first-place Milwaukee Brewers were pounding Chicago’s national league entry into submission at the friendly, ivy-covered outfield walls at the confines of Wrigley field with a three game sweep. The final victory was 17 to 4. To save its pitching arms, the Cubs finished with a position player pitching.
Now the AL Central first-place White Sox won the dream game over the Yankees in dramatic fashion with a walk off home run to the right field cornfield in the bottom of the 9th inning. The pre-game build-up was the finest marketing that heaven and earth could design. The players, led by movie star Kevin Costner, walking out of the cornfield just like in the movie itself, could not have been better. The field itself, (at what cost?) created by MLB solely for this spectacle was a beautiful gem with ultra-green grass, perfect infield dirt, old fashioned looking dugouts, outfield walls, and centerfield scoreboard. Add beautiful weather following days of storms and strong winds, and the feel of the night was matchless. It was a fun diversion.
However, although the baseball world stood still for a moment of sentimental peace in Iowa, the rest of baseball moved forward. Japanese super duper two way star Shohei Ohtani for the Angels batted lead-off and pitched a winning 6 inning start to beat Vlad Guerraro, Jr. and his Toronto Blue Jays. No one, not even Babe Ruth, has ever put together a season like Ohtani’s. It is too bad the Angels do not look like play-off contenders despite getting the best single season performance ever in the history of MLB baseball. Meanwhile, an outstanding San Francisco Giants club, who last weekend took two out three against the first place Brewers at American Family Field in Milwaukee, expanded their lead to five games in an outstanding NL West division over the Dodgers and Padres.
Let’s continue to play catch with our sons and daughters, take them to games, and watch another great season play out in the September play-off chase and play-offs to follow. Brewers vs White Sox will make for a great World Series! (Brewers in six!)
J. D. Thorne
Copyright 2021, Sporting Chance Press
Baseball’s Winning Ways is written for enjoyment, inspiration, and information by the author of The 10 Commandments of Baseball, J. D. Thorne. Winning Ways explores baseball history and high profile players both current and past. American history highlights provide a more complete point of reference. The drama of the game, its history, baseball superstitions, statistics explained, and more provide features of interest to all fans from age 12 on up. The central theme of the book is baseball’s winning ways, those principles essential to the game itself–values that parents, grandparents, teachers and coaches want to pass down that are as important now as ever.