The Cubs beat the Reds at MLB’s Field of Dreams game

The Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-2 on Thursday, but that wasn’t the point.

Major League Baseball once again found its way to Dyersville, Iowa, for its Field of Dreams game, and a sport grappling with its technological future was reminded of how great the game can be when it’s broken down to its simplest form. .

“It’s really magical,” Cubs catcher Willson Contreras told reporters from the field a short walk away used in “Field of Dreams,” the 1989 movie starring Kevin Costner. “It has a certain energy that I think is real.”

Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., a Reds alum, played catch with his father — quite a player in his own right — before the game, the scoreboard made Fenway Park look modern, and both teams wore throwback uniforms. The days when recovery clubs were more relevant.

“What they did here is incredible,” Reds third baseman Kyle Farmer told reporters. “I think every baseball player should experience that.”

As for baseball, the Cubs stayed on the vintage theme, taking a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning with a hit, two doubles and a single. Neither team ran into the corn stalks in the outfield this year, and the only real reminder that the game was being played in 2022 was that the teams combined to use nine pitchers and there were 26 hits. (Chicago’s Drew Smillie earned the win, striking out nine in five scoreless innings.)

Last year, the Yankees and Chicago White Sox met for the first time in this annual event, which is Major League Baseball’s answer to the NHL’s outdoor games. While last year’s game had a bit more buzz, thanks to the clash of rival teams, and a slightly more pop-interesting game, the enthusiasm seemed to continue even though this year’s edition had nothing of the sort.

The crowd of 7,823 – nearly twice the regular population of Deaserville – seemed enthralled by the event, and the players were thrilled to have the chance to experience what, at least now, will only happen once a year for two lucky teams.

“A game like that — you just feel like a kid again,” Smyly said. “You’re just out there playing baseball in the middle of Iowa.”

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