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DISH Deluxe 4 — Field of Dreams Game, second anniversary

Melissa Sage-Bollenbach and husband Shaun sit with Brett Ballantini to talk a very rare experience — watching MLB in Iowa!

Don’t ask us how they got out there among the hoi-est of polloi — actually, Brett did ask! — but Melissa Sage-Bollenbach and her husband and partner-in-ballpark-travels, Shaun, take us through the magical, inaugural Field of Dreams Game, two years ago today:

  • Getting tickets! “Shaun, I’ve got some good news, and some bad news ...”
  • Hey, let’s get in the car and drive four hours to a baseball game! And back!
  • Did Melissa employ a “Queen’s wave” as Iowans lined the roadways to greet fans attending the game
  • Pregame outside the park, including Steinbrenners cutting the concession lines
  • Pregame inside the park, with kudos for MLB putting on an A+ show
  • In-game, including Hands across America, as fans of all stripes show up for the game to unify in rooting against the Yankees
  • The corn went Hollywood
  • José took one to the corn
  • Mood swings late — and was it the White Sox or Cubs fan who preached patience and practiced optimism as the South Siders appeared ready to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory?
  • Where this game ranks as an attendee, all-time
  • A “bonus” discussion of Field of Dreams, the movie

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