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MLB Hall of Famer Wade Boggs visits Field of Dreams

Wade Boggs signed autographs for people at the Field of Dreams movie site Thursday morning Wade Boggs signed autographs for people at the Field of Dreams movie site Thursday morning

Major League Hall of Famer Wade Boggs was in eastern Iowa Thursday.

He's a major investor in the Field of Dreams movie site expansion project. He stepped onto the field Thursday morning for the first time in his life with some pretty big predictions for the project.

Chicago-based development company Go the Distance Baseball LLC plans on building a 24-field youth baseball and softball tournament facility unlike anything the Midwest now has. Thursday, the existing Field of Dreams captured Boggs' attention.

"Right when I drove over the hill I had this moment of grandeur, goosebumps," he said. "Seeing the field and imagining Ty Cobb and Shoeless Joe coming out of the cornfield."

In September, the developers announced Boggs had signed on as an investor. He said he has seen the success of a similar facility in Cooperstown, NY.

"With the economic distress that we have nowadays, it just makes sense to have something in the Midwest that gives a viable option for families in Texas, in Iowa, California, Washington State, that they don't have to go all the way to the East Coast," he said.

Baseball parents like Daryl Nauman, whose boys are nine and 10, look forward to this Midwest training facility.

"It will save. You're looking at hotel costs, everything for them. It's great, it's close," he said.

His son, nine-year-old Tucker Nauman, may see his dreams come true thanks to the facility, which will be called All Star Ballpark Heaven.

I want to play for the Detroit Tigers and I want to be a first baseman," he said Thursday.

That fits into Boggs' major prediction for the project.

"Big Leaguers are going to come out of here," he told the crowd of baseball players, coaches and parents gathered at the field Thursday morning. "I'll go out on a limb. I'll say two Hall of Famers will come right off of this field."

The expansion project will cost an estimated 38 million dollars. The project is scheduled for completion by the summer of 2014, just in time for the Field of Dreams movie's 25th anniversary.

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