'The dream is still alive': Field of Dreams actor Kevin Costner emerges from cornfield before Yankees-White Sox game
Moments before the MLB's Field of Dreams game, actor Kevin Costner made a dramatic return to Dyersville, Iowa.
As pregame festivities settled, Costner, who starred as Ray Kinsella in the 1989 film, emerged from the cornfield shortly before the start of the game, much to the crowd's delight.
Players from the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox did the same, walking out of the cornfield surrounding the stadium and following Costner onto the field. That mirrored the famous scene from the 1989 film, when ghosts from the 1919 Chicago White Sox team walk into the cornfield surrounding the field.
Grabbing a microphone, Costner addressed the crowd.
"Thirty years ago, on the other side of that corn, we filmed a movie that stood the test of time," Costner added. "Tonight, thanks to that enduring impact that little movie had, it's allowed us to come here again. But now, we're on a field that Major League Baseball made.
"We've come to see the first-place White Sox play the mighty Yankees in a field that was once corn. It's perfect. We've kept our promise, Major League Baseball has kept its promise. The dream is still alive. There's probably just one question to answer: Is this heaven? Yes, it is. This field is for the players. Good luck today."
Did Kevin Costner throw out the Field of Dreams first pitch?
No, but it sure looked like that was going to happen.
Walking with a baseball in his hands from the cornfield to the diamond, Costner led the Yankees and White Sox teams out of the cornstalks. But he never appeared on the mound.
In fact, no one did until White Sox starting pitcher Lance Lynn took the mound — there was no ceremonial first pitch.
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Adam Hensley is a digital producer with the USA Today Network. You can follow him on Twitter @A_Hens83.