Following last year’s overwhelming success of MLB’s Field of Dreams Game and dramatic finish, this year’s 2022 edition returns to the cornfields in Iowa for the Chicago Cubs vs Cincinnati Reds.
The second edition of MLB at the Field of Dreams will feature a multitude of pregame and in-game activities to celebrate baseball. But the nostalgia really hits home again when players from both clubs emerge from the cornfields to the playing field for this year’s contest.
The Redlegs will be wearing pinstripe uniforms inspired from 1919, the year it won its controversial World Series over the White Sox. The Cubs will have solid cream-colored jerseys similar to those worn during their 1929 NL pennant-winning season.
Pregame starts at 6 p.m. ET and is televised on FOX with first pitch between the Reds and Cubs scheduled for 7:15 p.m. ET. Joe Davis will call the play-by-play with John Smoltz serving as the analyst.
Joey Votto, who has played his entire 16-year MLB career with the Cincinnati Reds, has a thread in a tweet that signifies the importance of being able to play in this game at the Field of Dreams.
Field of Dreams Game Odds 2022
The advance betting line on FanDuel Sportsbook for the Reds and Cubs game at The Field of Dreams has Cincinnati a slight favorite, down from -116 to -112, and the over/under for runs scored up from 9 to 9.5.
- Reds (-112)
- Cubs (-104)
- Total 9.5 (over -102)
Reds rookie 24-year-old left hander Nick Lodolo gets the start against Cubs 33-year-old lefty Drew Smyly. Both teams are way out of the playoff chase in the National League, but that shouldn’t diminish the cornfield contest inspired from the 1989 sports fantasy drama film, Field of Dreams.
A few stats show the Cubs and Reds rank 19th and 20th in home runs. Both teams expected batting average (xBA) rank in the bottom eight out of 30 MLB clubs.
Last year, the Chicago White Sox outslugged the New York Yankees 9-8 as Tim Anderson hit a two-run homer into the cornfield with one out in the ninth inning to end the “Field of Dreams” game in cinematic fashion.
“The fans came to see a show, and we gave them a show,” Anderson said.
Fox Sports executive vice president of sports sales Seth Winter told the Sports Business Journal that the Field of Dreams was “created to keep fan interest and do something unique and different.”
It did more than that as nearly six million viewers tuned into Major League Baseball’s “Field of Dreams” game in the sport’s largest regular season audience since 2005.
The first Minor League Baseball game at the Field of Dreams did just that as well Tuesday as 7,832 fans showed up to watch a Minor League Baseball game played at the Field of Dreams near Dyersville. Check out Ben’s Biz Blog MiLB game day journal ahead of what will be another A-maize-ing night for Major League Baseball at the Field of Dreams.
Tonight, fans in attendance are paying big bucks for the unique experience with resale ticket exchange StubHub showing ticket prices from $350 to $2,500.
But we get to to relive the fanfare of the motion picture masterpiece by watching modern MLB players dressed in throwback uniforms playing in the picturesque corn fields reminiscent of small-town living.
You can bet on it.