Kevin Costner stood on the “Field of Dreams” in Iowa and had a game of catch with his father, and the iconic movie hit a home run in our hearts. Now, 25 years later, Costner returned to the ballpark in the middle of nowhere, and surrounded by fans, dished about the classic film and his own father.
In a celebrity baseball game held at the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa, the Kinsellas – Costner’s last name in the film – faced off against the Disbelievers. Of course, Costner’s team took the game 13-8, as broadcast by none other than Bob Costas.
Reports the USA Today:
Friday's centerpiece at the rural movie site's 25th anniversary celebration was an outdoor, nighttime screening of the 1989 film classic. But Saturday belonged to a scattershot symphony of pop, pop, pop into leather gloves as a couple hundred parents and children filled the outfield grass in the morning for a mass game of catch, followed by another in the afternoon.
“You hear the snap, the snap, the snap,” said Denise Stillman, describing the pleasant sounds of parents and kids having a catch. Stillman is the CEO of Go the Distance Baseball, and owns the 193-acre farm that looks almost identical today to the park and farm house in the 1989 classic.
Matt McKee took his brood of five kids to Iowa for a chance to play on the famous grass and dirt. He spent close to $7,000 to get there, but said he would have paid more for a chance to play on the renowned baseball diamond. “There wasn't a price I wouldn't pay to come here to do this, to be honest,” McKee said.
His 15-year-old son Justin agreed. “It's like a dream. Just awesome.”
Costner defines Field of Dreams as “uniquely American,” and said that there could be no better time to hold a celebrity game than Father’s Day weekend. Over 12,000 fans of the movie showed up to take in the sights.
Costner said his movie deals “with that biblical thing of men and their sons and maybe not getting along. I think women watch how beautifully orchestrated this movie was and they actually could turn to their husbands that maybe have never made peace with their father, or turned to their husbands who haven't made peace with their own sons, and say, ‘You need to do something about this. You don't want to go through life and wish you had played catch.’”
Costner, who almost didn’t make the movie because of a schedule conflict, said: “I don't think there's any bigger miracle for me that occurred than this little movie that was made 25 years ago here in this field.”
And of course, as the lights went down, the movie that attracted the thousands to the farmhouse and baseball field was played on a big screen. Costner introduced the film with: “I'm going to sit in a little cornfield in Iowa, these lights are going to go out and we're going to watch a movie. And I don't think there's anything more American.”