Monday, April 18, 2011

Field of Dreams

Is this heaven?  It's Iowa.  Iowa? I could have sworn it was heaven.  Is there a heaven?  Oh yeah. It's the place dreams come true.  Maybe this is heaven."

Picked up one of my favorite movies of all time on Blu-Ray the other night at Wal-Mart for only $12.00 and finally got the time to watch it tonight.  It has been awhile since I seen this movie so I am excited!

If you have not seen Field of Dreams (could there be anybody?) it is about a Iowa farmer named Ray Kinsella who hears a voice in his corn field tell him, "If you build it, he will come."  So he builds the field where his corn used to be and the ghost of Shoeless Joe Jackson and the other seven Chicago White Sox players who were banned for throwing the 1919 World Series appear.

If you haven't seen it you need to!

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the movie -

"Well, you know I... I never got to bat in the major leagues. I would have liked to have had that chance. Just once. To stare down a big league pitcher. To stare him down, and just as he goes into his windup, wink. Make him think you know something he doesn't. That's what I wish for. Chance to squint at a sky so blue that it hurts your eyes just to look at it. To feel the tingling in your arm as you connect with the ball. To run the bases - stretch a double into a triple, and flop face-first into third, wrap your arms around the bag. That's my wish, Ray Kinsella. That's my wish. And is there enough magic out there in the moonlight to make this dream come true?" (Doctor Archibald "Moonlight" Graham)

Ray, people will come Ray. They'll come to Iowa for reasons they can't even fathom. They'll turn up your driveway not knowing for sure why they're doing it. They'll arrive at your door as innocent as children, longing for the past. Of course, we won't mind if you look around, you'll say. It's only $20 per person. They'll pass over the money without even thinking about it: for it is money they have and peace they lack. And they'll walk out to the bleachers; sit in shirtsleeves on a perfect afternoon. They'll find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes. And they'll watch the game and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they'll have to brush them away from their faces. People will come Ray. The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh... people will come Ray. People will most definitely come." (Terence Mann)

Here is the field in Dyersville, Iowa . . . around 800 miles from
where we are in Cheyenne.  I would love to make a
trip out there to see it soon.

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