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A family screening of Field of Dreams will turn everyone into baseball believers, as even those who eschew the mythic power of the game will be won over by Kevin Costner's magical performance. The film, which hearkens back to a simpler time without being corny, portrays one dreamer's persistence -- a message that translates to every generation. When farmer Ray Kinsella (Costner) hears a gentle voice whispering "If you build it, he will come," he defies logic by tearing up his cornfield, his only source of income, to build a baseball field. It's a gorgeous vision, but decidedly loopy; yet, our kids went along with Costner's dream and cheered when Shoeless Joe Jackson (and the rest of his blacklisted Chicago Black Sox team) showed up to play a few glorious games in the Iowa night. There's nothing like a dream come true, and this film's hopefulness hit us all right in the hearts.
Field of Dream's vision of baseball as a pure sport may be a far cry from professional ball today (Thank you, Roger Clements), but it's still America's favorite pastime and is a rite of summer for kids all over the country. An excursion to a Major League Baseball Game is an exciting family outing. It's hard not to love your hometown when crowds of dedicated fans roars as a local hero ties up the game, or hits a home run. Those less dedicated fans will enjoy watching the antics of the roving camera crews as they catch the crowd being silly and project their pictures on the the giant screen. Our kids are always fascinated to watch diligent fans scribble in their score books, which prompts interesting conversations about the odds of getting on base, and how the team stats are kept. Between running back and forth to the snack shack, keeping an eye on foul balls, and standing up to sing during the Seventh Inning Stretch, nine innings fly by in no time.
A Major League Baseball Game
Age Recommendation: Five and up
Time Allotment: 2-3 hours
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