Field of Dreams is a 1989 American drama-sports-fantasy film directed and adapted by Phil Alden Robinson from the novel Shoeless Joe by W. P. Kinsella.
The movie stars Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, Gaby Hoffmann, Ray Liotta, Timothy Busfield, James Earl Jones, Frank Whaley, and Burt Lancaster in his last film appearance.
Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) is a farmer who lives in rural Iowa with his wife, Annie (Amy Madigan), and their young daughter Karin (Gaby Hoffmann).
While walking through his cornfield, Ray hears a voice whisper, “If you build it, he will come” (often misquoted as “If you build it, they will come”), and sees a vision of a baseball field.
The movie is about believing, about following your own inner voice to follow a dream. I saw that strong belief on the faces of these young kids playing at a baseball field at Ciudad Radial in Panama City, Panama. As they played, they followed their inner voices to become some day like Derek Jeter, Ted Williams, Rod Carew, Manny Ramírez, Héctor López, Mariano Rivera, Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, and I could go on forever.
As you watch these photographs, I’m sure you’ll feel the intensity of the dreams of these angels playing in a field of dreams where reality mixes with fantasy. I know I did and wanted to share the experience with you guys. Here we go, please stay with me.
Photograph of the scoreboard of the venue where the kids play consistently every week. Our grandnephew Abdiel, plays first base with the San Cristobal Team. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
The name of the venue is Campo Deportivo Los Almendros in a neighborhood called Ciudad Radial in Panama City, Panama. The scoreboard was donated by Frank Jemott. As you can see, it’s showing the wear and tear of time—parts of the sign are beginning to rust. The day I was there, the teams playing were San Cristobal and Pedregal. San Cristobal won 14 to 13—Abdiel was elated beyond description.
Photograph of the small bleachers of the baseball stadium. From this place, the proud parents watched as their youngsters accomplished their sport feats. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photograph of the San Cristobal team stretching their legs and receiving strategy instructions from their coach. Abdiel is the player with the red trousers. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photograph of the San Cristobal team running and performing other warming up exercises. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Playball! The game has started and Abdiel is running at first base. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photograph of one of the participants of the San Cristobal team posing for the camera. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
At this age no dream is too big to secretly save under the pillow. This is the origin of our super stars—fire in the belly—that thrusts them forward to fulfill their dreams. I love it! Good Day.
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