Field of Dreams game a success for MLB, Iowa, and corn farmers
The Yankees and White Sox provided a thrilling game, but a sea of corn might’ve stolen the show Thursday in the first Major League Baseball game held at the Field of Dreams near Dyersville in eastern Iowa.
The matchup between New York and Chicago drew the highest ratings for an MLB game in 16 years.
Greg Alber with the Iowa Corn Promotion Board says it was a great opportunity to showcase the state and agriculture.
“You watch the movie and the first things you think of are baseball and the big cornfields, so it’s just a natural fit here.”
Iowa Corn gave away tickets to the game and hosted watch parties.
Alber tells Brownfield most viewers probably thought all the corn on tv was sweet corn.
“We just can’t get that point across that only like one percent of our corn is actually sweet corn. The rest is for grains and industrial use, so it’s a perfect opportunity to kind of tell that story.”
The White Sox beat the Yankees 9-8 in Hollywood fashion on a walk-off homerun into the corn beyond the right field fence.