Former MLB players draw thousands to Field of Dreams
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DYERSVILLE (KWWL) -
It was a historic day on Saturday at the Field of Dreams movie site in Dyersville. More than a dozen big names in Major League Baseball gathered at the field for a softball game for charity. The Team of Dreams Spectacular brought players like Reggie Jackson, Jim Rice, Pete Rose, Frank Thomas, Bruce Sutter and Wade Boggs to the Field of Dreams.
Andy Hewitt was born and raised a Cincinnati Reds fan. When he heard Johnny Bench and Pete Rose were going to be at the Field of Dreams, he said he had to go.
"There are so many Reds fans here. I feel like I'm seeing more Cincinnati Reds stuff then anybody else but I could just be a little biased," Hewitt said.
Hewitt joined more than 4,000 people to see All-Star Ballpark Heaven investor Wade Boggs, Rose and others in the Hall of Fame like Jim Rice, Ozzie Smith, and Reggie Jackson emerge from the corn fields onto the baseball field. Pete Rose led the league in fielding in 1970, 1974, 1976, and 1980. He said he was no stranger to corn fields.
"Believe it or not, I grew up in corn fields, outside of Cincinnati," Rose said. "I might have to stop and shuck some before I get out there to the ball park."
But durable catcher Johnny Bench was not going to be shucking corn before the game.
"I'm going to walk through the corn, but it's a drought so I'm not going to eat today. I may take a few kernels home," Bench said.
As the Team of Dreams played on the field, fans were able to watch the players be themselves, and play jokes on one another. Reggie Jackson said the event was a good opportunity for the players to catch up with one another.
"It really is a pleasure and a joy to be around the guys that have gone through the same things that you have gone through really the last 30-40 years of our lives." Jackson said.
"These guys are funny, I'm telling you," Pete Rose said. "You go home and your stomach is sore."
Proceeds from admission to the Team of Dreams Spectacular will go to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Boggs said he hopes to make the Team of Dreams Spectacular a yearly event at the Field of Dreams.
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