Sox Knock Walk-Off Dinger Right Outta Field of Dreams
Talk about living the dream.
It wasn't exactly fiction becoming fact when the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees journeyed to a famous cornfield outside of Dyersville, Iowa. However, they definitely rose to the occasion with a game for the ages featuring a dramatic conclusion that good fiction just couldn't have made up.
But that's baseball.
Fans had been coming to this setting for 30 years, paying tribute to a modern-day cinematic classic. This time, though, they came to see MLB pay its own tribute, morphing fiction into fact:
On the other hand, at the end of a game that featured cowhide finding cornfield early and often, Tim Anderson wasn't missing.
Dude got full barrel:
Not just a walkoff, a come from behind dinger that added another footnote to this historic event:
Tim Anderson: Fifteenth walkoff homer ever hit by White Sox against the Yankees.— Doug Kern (@dakern74) August 13, 2021
The first? Shoeless Joe Jackson, Jul 20 1919. You can't script this. Oh wait, they did.https://t.co/UbXA4UvxRy
No wonder the ghosts of players past chose this farmland in northeastern Iowa -- a four-hour drive from Chicago -- to reconvene. The ball travels almost as far as the players did.
There were eight blasts in all, with titans Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge grabbing the theatrics with a pair of two-run bombs in the top of the ninth to take what looked to be a storybook comeback for the Yankees.
While a four-run, deficit-clearing half-inning is quite a development in itself, Anderson still topped it with his sorta Yankee-killing tribute to Shoeless Joe himself.
When Canadian author WP Kinsella wrote the novel that ultimately became the movie, he was actually looking beyond the game, weaving a few of its minor facts into a prose that celebrated a reality that can exist for those who are inspired to follow wherever their dreams may take them.
For Anderson and his fellow ChiSox, it was to the first-ever MLB game in the Hawkeye State and a dramatic 9-8 victory:
There's absolutely zero doubt a tradition has been born.
With even less doubt that MLB will make the most of it.
And why wouldn't they? This was as awesome as a regular-season game in the middle of August can get.