"If you build it he will come." However, it turns out he might be a complete ass who does serious damage to a popular tourist attraction. This is why we can't have nice things. The baseball field seen in the popular movie Field of Dreams with Kevin Costner was really constructed in the middle of an Iowa cornfield, and the field is still there today for fans of the movie, or baseball in general, to visit. Unfortunately, those who visit the field now will see deep gashes in the outfield and a broken irrigation system thanks to somebody who drove their car onto the field, causing thousands of dollars in damage.
According to the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, the team that takes care of the field arrived on Tuesday morning to discover the damage. What makes this worse, is that this apparently isn't the first time that somebody has driven onto the field, however, recent rain and warmer weather made the ground softer than usual, resulting in the vehicle tearing deeper gashes in the sod. The slices through the outfield are up to four inches deep in some places.
Catching the perpetrator is unlikely as the field has no security cameras. The lack of security is probably due to the fact that the field doesn't actually make a lot of money, as admission to the site is free. The Field of Dreams will remain open even after the damage so that tourists, who have been known to visit from all over the world, won't miss out on seeing the field.
The exact cost of repairing the damage is not yet known, but the field has set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise $15,000 to pay for repairs. As of this writing, the campaign has already raised nearly two-thirds of that total.
The 1989 drama Field of Dreams starred Kevin Costner as an Iowa farmer who begins to hear an ethereal voice while tending to his cornfield. The voice tells him "if you build it, he will come" which, leads him to plow over a large portion of his field to build a baseball diamond, which then becomes the regular practice field for a collection of ghosts from baseball's past.
The fact that one or more people has felt the need to drive all over the Field of Dreams is bizarre and more than a little sad. It's just a baseball field from a movie that makes people feel good. It would be one thing if the damage was caused by a random accident from somebody who lost control of their car, but if this has happened before, somebody apparently has a vendetta against Kevin Costner, the 1919 White Sox, or the fact that the movie made them cry. Apparently, if you build it, someone will fuck it up one day.
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