If you build it: Flattery excited to see MLB at Field of Dreams

White Sox, Yankees coming to Iowa in 2020

For Tim Flattery, the opportunity to play an actual game on the very diamond that “Field of Dreams” was filmed was a dream come true.

Now, 8,000 fans will get the chance to watch in-person as the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees compete next August right next door to that same field.

It was announced on Thursday that the two ballclubs will play each other on Thursday, August 13 just outside of Dyersville inside a temporary 8,000-seat stadium that is being constructed. This will mark the first major league game to be played in Iowa, as the Chicago Cubs and White Sox once played an exhibition game inside Dodger Stadium in 1942.

Flattery, his father, brothers and other family members all took part in a contest against a team from the United Kingdom and Ireland Baseball Federation in 2018.

“It was a dream come true to play there last year and to ‘have a catch’ with my dad, brothers and cousins in the outfield,” said Flattery, the host of the popular Moonlight Graham podcast, which pays homage to a key figure in the film. “They have done such a terrific job of maintaining the authenticity of the site over the past 30 years and it is as picturesque today as it was back in 1989.”

News of the MLB game coming to Iowa hit social media early in the morning with Twitter users already asking about tickets and how to get into the game. That information is forthcoming, according to a release from the teams. The White Sox will be the host team against the Yankees.

“Baseball needs to continue to find ways to be more innovative, while maintaining the history and nostalgia of the game,” Flattery said. “I think this MLB game is a perfect way of capturing that. I love how they have found a way to keep the movie site untouched while playing a game on the same property.

“This is going to be a great event for Iowa and for baseball.”

Plans for the field are to have it resemble the old Comiskey Park with windows to show the cornfields in right field. The dimensions of the field — 281 feet to left, 314 to center and 262 to right — are sure to provide plenty of chances for Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Abreu and others to hit one out.

FOX will provide exclusive national coverage of the game.