Today’s guest post is from Susan Brown.
Think back 30 years. A “little movie” was built with the following storyline: Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella hears a voice in his corn field tell him, “If you build it, he will come.” He interprets this message to eventually build a baseball field on his farm upon which appear the ghosts of Shoeless Joe Jackson and Chicago White Sox players from the 1919 World Series. When the voices continue, Ray seeks help to understand the meaning of the messages and the purpose for his field.
Field of Dreams was that “little movie” that is still considered by many to be the best sports movie of all time. Subjective, of course, but nevertheless in most people’s top 5 of best sports movies. Mine, included.
Fast forward 30 years. Last week, many of us were privileged to watch the first Major League Baseball game to be played on a new field, built in the middle of an Iowa cornfield where the movie was filmed outside of Dyersville, Iowa. It was a game between the home-field Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees. 7,832 fans watched from the stands. Millions watched on television or through social media….apparently the highest-watched MLB game since 2005. Clearly Field of Dreams is still a part of many people’s hearts.
The hype was off the charts. Kevin Costner himself was there as the master of ceremonies that began with Costner entering the field through (what else?) a corn field. He entered the field to the music of composer James Horner. Costner was in character as Ray Kinsetta. The 4-minute presentation showed Kinsetta as he walked slowly onto the field with a baseball in hand. The weather was perfect. He gazed around the field as he walked, slowly focusing his gaze to the scoreboard, White Sox vs. Yankees. Eventually his eyes turned to the small opening of the corn field at the far outfield fence line. And there, the players of the two teams slowly appeared, walking through the corn and onto the field. The crowd cheered and Costner eventually shook the players hands as they lined up for another night of baseball.
Costner gave a brief speech to welcome the teams, fans, and those watching the televised game. He ended his speech with the words, “Is This Heaven?” to which the crowd roared “Yes!”. It was one of those sports nights that was truly magical.
We all have things in our lives that end up being thought-provoking. This one did it for me. I started thinking about my Dad, who died 12 years ago. Where is he? What is he doing? He was an avid Dodgers fan and I remember laying on the floor (he had the couch, of course) to watch many a game. It seemed like that’s what you did on a Saturday afternoon. We spent Saturday morning doing chores, etc., (sing it: “Saturday, is a Special Day, it’s the day we get ready for Sunday”). And then we’d watch my Dad’s Dodgers (think Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax). That memory has never left me.
He was a wonderful man who enjoyed fishing, growing a beautiful garden, camping, and (of course) baseball. He was a simple man, not overly-religious by any means. Now that he’s gone, I just cannot see my Dad walking around in a long robe and playing a harp.
From the LDS Church website, I searched “What Happens When We Die?”
Answer: “What are spirits in the spirit world doing? For one thing, we know that the spirits of the faithful who have not yet been resurrected are doing missionary work among the spirits in prison. We also know that among those who were faithful, family structure and a Church organization exist.”
- What are your thoughts?
- What are the dead doing?
- Do they laugh?
- Are they happy?
- Is there baseball in heaven?
Baseball photo by cindydangerjones at Pixabay.com.