April 03, 2006

Field of Dreams.: Some search for it, some argue over it, some fight just to see it.

posted by justgary to baseball at 02:35 AM - 8 comments

Newton, CT must be a bigger town than I ever suspected if they can't find a field that is 300 yards by 300 yards anywhere. As for the real Field of Dreams, way to neighbors, way to spoil something that was about being unspoilt and innocent. The last one is an example of justgary being a softie.

posted by bperk at 10:04 AM on April 03, 2006

The last one is an example of justgary being a softie. Guilty as charged.

posted by justgary at 10:06 AM on April 03, 2006

I would just like to say that link #3 causes me great pain. That is all.

posted by mr_crash_davis at 10:55 AM on April 03, 2006

The second link makes me angry. The third link tugs at my heart in ways I can't begin to describe.

posted by Rino23 at 11:14 AM on April 03, 2006

The real Field of Dreams is that lot you played in when you were 11. No one can put that memory in a vial for $2.

posted by ?! at 01:11 PM on April 03, 2006

Yeah, but as long as you have $2, someone will be there pitching for it.

posted by chicobangs at 02:22 PM on April 03, 2006

The league that I umpired for had teams in both Dubuque and Waterloo, Ia. Dyersville is just off the highway joining the two cities, and every umpiring crew that has made the trip has stopped at least once and visited the field. The article makes more of the division between the two families than really exists, that is what sells papers afterall. But, I will say this, the Lansing property, that of the house and most of the infield, is what attracts the most attention. The Anskemp property, which can no longer be farmed unless they were to destroy the field altogether, is much smaller, and has no value to tourists, other than left and center fields. The spot in the corn where Liotta comes out of the corn in on the Lansing property, the house is the Lansing's. Given that the idea was not to keep the ballfield after the making of the movie to begin with, and given that the Anskemps received much less for the use of their land, I do not think it is fair to criticize them for trying to make what they can from the attraction. The land WAS their livelyhood before the movie, it is onloy fair that it BE their livelyhood now.

posted by elovrich at 04:43 PM on April 03, 2006

The tradition in our household is to watch "Field of Dreams" before opening day (which I suspect is the tradition for many, many families) and on the DVD it has a feature on both families. I know things change over time, but their relationship seemed to be congenial in the interviews that they gave. Movieland v. real world

posted by THX-1138 at 05:40 PM on April 03, 2006

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