In honor of the ‘Field of Dreams’ game this Thursday I’m going to gift you all (you’re welcome) a running diary of my viewing of the greatest baseball movie of all time. I’m excited to spend the next two hours of my Sunday re-watching a movie I’ve seen 229 times.
8:58- Fresh off watching Seinfeld’s “The Pie” I’m ready for Field of Dreams. Real quick, why didn’t Jerry’s girlfriend that episode give a lame excuse for why she didn’t have a bite of his apple pie? Two words, “No thanks” and the episode is over.
9:00- MLB Network is airing Field of Dreams and is slated for the next two hours, so I assume no commercials. They are currently airing a short video hyping the game on Thursday between the Yankees and White Sox. Ray Liotta is narrating, if he doesn’t quote Field of Dreams I’m going to be disappointed. He half quoted the movie by saying, “We will come.”
9:03- Opening credits have started and I have to say the theme song playing in the background while the credits roll has held up very well.
9:05- “Officially my major was English but really it was the ‘60s”, what a great line. The timeline of Kevin Costner’s age in this movie is a little muddy, but whatcha gonna do?
9:07- “If you build it he will come” is first said by “The Voice”. Unrelated but what is Kevin Costner’s character Ray giving his crops? They are 7 feet tall! Did Ray give his crops steroids? This movie aired in 1989 a couple of years before the steroid era nearly ruined baseball. Did Ray distribute the leftover steroids to baseball players who visited to watch some old ghosts? I guess we’ll never know……
9:10- Commercial break, dammit. Oh wait, it was a quick one, back to the movie.
9:11- If I were Annie I would take Karen and move to a different state if my husband said he was hearing voices.
9:13- Ray hears the voice again and sees Shoeless Joe Jackson in a vision (really more of a hallucination). He said himself he was a hippie, maybe the LSD is finally kicking in and this was all a vision.
9:16- Ray deduces the voice is telling him that he needs to build a baseball field so he can play again. RUN KAREN, RUN!
9:18- The runtime of Field of Dreams is 1 hour and 46 minutes, which means there will be 14 minutes of commercials. Whoever had the idea to interrupt the movie with commercials deserves to be in jail.
9:19- Ray’s plowing the farm and is telling Karen about Shoeless Joe’s career. A clever way of telling the audience about Jackson’s career.
9:23- Ray spends Christmas waiting for Shoeless Joe to show up. How in the world does Karen explain that to her parents, friends, and other relatives? “Sorry Ray can’t sit with us, he’s waiting for a baseball player that’s been dead for 38 years.”
9:25- Karen just told Ray there’s a man on the field, and Ray’s just like “Oh yeah, it must be Shoeless Joe Jackson.” Psychoooo.
9:27- Ray hits some fly balls to Shoeless Joe like it’s a regular Tuesday night.
9:29- Ray Liotta’s monologue about how playing baseball was the greatest feeling on Earth is extremely underrated in the history of movie monologues.
9:30- On his first swing he hits it to left-center, I would say that was about 85 mph off the bat. Ray nearly gets killed by a comebacker, that would be kind of funny if that was the end of the movie right there. He does all of this work and gets killed by a ghost.
9:32- He says he would play for food money but he accepted the bribe so obviously not…………..
9:33- We find out he can’t cross the line, foreshadowing the end. Did I use foreshadowing correctly?
9:34- Shoeless Joe Jackson- “Is this Heaven”. Ray-“No it’s Iowa”. Another great quote in a movie full of great quotes.
9:39- The players arguing about events that happened in the 1910s is another underrated moment in this movie. MLB Network dubbed asshole with buttface, this is why nobody watches movies on cable.
9:42- The players mocking Ray about having to go in for dinner is arguably the most rewatchable part of the movie.
9:43- The Voice tells Ray to “Ease his pain”. Could the Voice be any more vague?
9:44- Ray tells Annie the Voice gave him another task and she responds with, “You don’t have to build a football field now, do you?”. Another great quote.
9:46- Parents calling an activist a “communist” and a “pervert” is something that still happens now, unfortunately.
9:47- “No, I think you had two ‘50s and moved on to the ‘70s”, “You Nazi cow”, “Alright Buella you wanna step outside!” A great heat check by Annie.
9:50- A montage of Ray looking through Terrence Mann’s interviews on a library computer to see how he has to “ease his pain” has not aged well. Now you could just look up Terrence Mann baseball on your iPhone.
9:52- “As a small boy he had a small bat named Rosebud” Annie is dishing out some great lines.
9:54- Annie not knowing what Fenway Park looks like even though Ray is a baseball enthusiast is extremely unlikely. I know I’m being nitpicky but c’mon who doesn’t know what Fenway Park looks like? Unrelated to the movie but I went to Fenway Park once in 2016 and my view was obstructed by a wooden beam. The only park where someone couldn’t see because of a wooden beam, it’s the only park that still has wooden beams.
9:57- How did Ray get a van so quickly? And how could he even rent it if he has major financial problems? Another nitpick for ya.
9:58- “Who the hell are you!” Great quote, even better way to answer the phone.
10:00- “Oh my god you’re from the ‘60s” and “Peace love dope, now get the hell out of here!” Whoever won the Oscar for best supporting actor should give it to James Earl Jones out of respect.
10:01- Ray pretending he has a gun is pure comedy gold.
10:02- “You’re seeing a whole team of psychiatrists, aren’t you?” (In a sarcastic tone) “Cup of coffee, you want some cookies?” Field of Dreams may have some of the greatest one-liners/quotes in movie history.
10:06- Ray: “So what do you want?” Terrence Mann: “ I want them to stop looking to me for answers, begging me to speak again, write again, be a leader. I want them to start thinking for themselves. I want my privacy.” Ray: “No, I mean, what do you want?” Mann: “Oh. Dog and a beer.” Dare I say another great quote?
10:07- The Voice tells Ray to “Go the distance.” And displays Archibald “Moonlight” Graham stats on the scoreboard a great scene and a great shot of Fenway in the ‘80s.
10:11- A great montage of Ray and Terrence Mann on a road trip to find Moonlight Graham in Minnesota. Annie: “Oh my god you kidnapped him.” Annie is stealing the movie.
10:11- Until Timothy Busfield’s character comes around to believing, his character is a total buzz-kill.
10:13- Why couldn’t The Voice give more information when he speaks to Ray? Is he testing him to see if he’s worthy or something? Does The Voice go around finding middle-aged men with daddy issues to try and make them build a baseball field? I guess we’ll never know…..
10:17- Another thing that aged poorly is Terrence Mann being declared missing because he hasn’t called his father back for a couple of days.
10:18- Ray realizing he’s in 1972 by looking at a movie theater advertising “The Godfather” is great. The re-elect Nixon poster doesn’t age that great either.
10:19- Burt Lancaster appears in his last film role as Moonlight Graham. That has to be one of the greatest final film roles of all time.
10:21- Back in the days where you could switch professions like that. Playing baseball one year and being a doctor the next would be impossible nowadays.
10:24- So Terrence Mann just believes Ray was transported back in time and talked to a person that died years before? Whoever wrote this movie did LSD and cocaine.
10:27- Ray and Terrence pick up a younger version of Moonlight Graham. Frank Whaley is one of the great “that guys” in movie history.
10:28- So the young version of Moonlight Graham from the 1920s reacts normally to the fact cars don’t go 15 mph and are huge?
10:28- “It’s not my fault you didn’t play catch with your father!” Another one!
10:30- “Son of a bitch died before I could take it back.” I’m saying that at my dad’s funeral even if I have nothing to take back.
10:32- All the players from the 1920s don’t react to seeing a black man hang out with white people? Hate to be that guy but it has to be said. Also, where’s Satchel Paige or Jackie Robinson? Had to be said.
10:33- “Ty Cobb wanted to play, but none of us could stand the son-of-a-bitch when we were alive, so we told him to stick it!” Ray Liotta then laughs. That’s the greatest moment in movie history.
10:35- I wish all umpires were like umpires from the 1910s.
10:38- The scene where Timothy Busfield walks through the field while the game is being played is great.
10:39- Ray: “As a matter of fact it’s Terrence Mann.” Timothy Busfield: “How do you do? I’m the Easter bunny.” Gold pure gold!
10:40- “People will come” Another one!
10:41: Terrence Mann: “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 us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh… people will come Ray. People will most definitely come. The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball.” “America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It’s 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 us of all that once was good, and it could be again. Ohhhhhhhh, people will come, Ray. People will most definitely come.” Terrence Mann just stole the movie with one of the greatest monologues in movie history.
10:45- “This child’s choking to death” a quote my dad has said more than any other.
10:46- Joe Jackson: “Hey rookie! You were good”. Whoever wrote this movie should be the president of the United States.
10:47- Annie forgives her brother for nearly killing her daughter pretty quickly.
10:49- Ray’s reaction to not being invited into the cornfield is so great. And Shoeless Joe Jackson’s “But you’re not invited” line is hilarious.
10:50- “Well you were kidnapping me at the time you big jerk!” C’mon there are too many great quotes in this movie, it’s unfair to other movies.
10:53- Ray: “What are you grinning at you ghost.” Joe Jackson: “If you build it he will come.” It really is unfair to other movies.
10:54- We see Ray’s father in person for the first time.
10:55- Ray not knowing how to introduce himself and his family is so well acted. I don’t know how this movie wasn’t nominated for multiple Oscars.
10:57- Ray: “Hey, dad? Do you wanna have a catch?” His dad: “I’d like that”. I’m not crying, you’re crying.
10:59- The camera shows a birds eye view of all the cars lining up to watch the players.
11:00- How did this movie not win all the Oscars?! I’m only half joking.
That wraps up the running diary of one of the greatest movies of all time and certainly the greatest baseball movie of all time. I can’t wait for the Field of Dreams game on Thursday, and because the game is on Thursday I will post my reaction on Friday. I hope that the announcers quote the movie constantly and if they don’t we riot!
(Don’t take that literally)