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Athletes, actors take over Field of Dreams in Dyersville before game

If you build it, they will come. (That’s many, many celebrities in this case.)

The Field of Dreams of movie fame is now a real ballpark in Dyersville, Iowa, with a nationally televised Major League Baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees scheduled for 6pm on Thursday.

Tickets were in short supply: those who wanted to be there took part in a lottery to get hold of seats in the specially created park with 8,000 spectators.

Before the nightly game, famous athletes, movie stars and reporters alike came excitedly onto the pitch to watch the game and experience their own larger-than-life moments in the Iowa cornfields.

Former Yankees star Alex Rodriguez asked his Instagram followers if they had seen the film walking into a corn field. He wasn’t the only one to take the chance to tour the fields: David Ortiz, a former Red Sox Designated Hitter and First Baseman, Kevin Burkhardt of Fox Sports and others arrived in Dyersville to film on Thursday morning.

Hall of Famer Frank Thomas, MLB Hall of Famer and FOX Sports Analyst, even dressed up as a James Earl Jones movie character to film on the field.

Actors from the movie “Field of Dreams” also returned to the Iowa film site. Kevin Costner, who played the protagonist of the baseball fantasy film, played a catch game with CBS This Morning in front of the pros on the field.

Also on Thursday in Dyersville to the all-star roster: the famous chef Guy Fieri, who is best known for his show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” on the Food Network. Fieri invited an all-American treat that was served especially for the game: an Apple Pie Hot Dog. The food was inspired by the 1975 Chevrolet commercial that said, “We love baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet”.

Robin Opsahl reports on trending news for the registry. Reach them at [email protected] or 515-284-8051.

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