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Source: White Sox will face Cardinals in Field of Dreams game

Source: White Sox will face Cardinals in Field of Dreams game

They built it and apparently, they’re still coming.

The Field of Dreams Game on Aug. 13 is still happening, and the White Sox will still be a part of it, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Chicago. But because the New York Yankees are no longer on the White Sox 2020 schedule — now reduced to just 60 games — the St. Louis Cardinals will be the opponent in Dyersville, Iowa.

The game was set to be a special event on the 2020 schedule, with the White Sox and Yankees meeting at the filming location of the original "Field of Dreams" movie, which was released in 1989. To play the game, a temporary stadium with a capacity of 8,000 was built on the Dyersville farm where the film took place. Back in mid May, Major League Baseball posted a video on its Instagram page showing that construction was still going on, a hint that the game would still be played.

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It will, just with the Cardinals playing the White Sox instead of the Yankees.

It is not yet known if fans will be able to attend the game, but MLB could allow a small number of fans in the stadium, the source said. Either way, the league hopes the game will be a big draw on television, with FOX set to broadcast the game nationally.

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Under the reduced 60-game schedule, teams are now only playing divisional opponents, plus teams from the same geographical division in the other league. That means the White Sox are only playing teams from the AL Central and the NL Central, leaving the Yankees off the schedule completely. Theoretically, the game could have been played with the Yankees facing either an AL East or NL East opponent, but that would have meant both participating teams traveling farther, which the league is trying to limit while playing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The White Sox and Cardinals are logical opponents, with Dyersville only 200 miles from Chicago and 350 miles from St. Louis.

While the Field of Dreams Game means additional travel for both the White Sox and Cardinals, it also gives fans and players something to look forward to in a season that has been dramatically impacted by the pandemic. The Cardinals were supposed to play a two-game series against the Cubs in London this season, but that was canceled. MLB also lost its annual All-Star Game, which was supposed to be played at Dodger Stadium.

The Field of Dreams Game, always scheduled for Aug. 13, was the only event still left on the calendar. Since they already built it, they might as well come.


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Ozzie Guillen rips Nick Swisher again while telling story from 2008

Ozzie Guillen rips Nick Swisher again while telling story from 2008

Ozzie Guillen isn’t done ragging on Nick Swisher. Guillen took another shot at the former White Sox outfielder while telling a story on White Sox Postgame Live Tuesday night.

When giving an example of why he loves Juan Uribe so much, Guillen decided to tell a story of an interaction between Swisher and Uribe on “Nick Swisher bobblehead night” at U.S. Cellular Field.

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“(Swisher) comes to Uribe and says, ‘Hey Juan, look at what I got!’” Guillen said while pretending to hold a bobblehead. “And Juan said, ‘Ya, you seen outside? I’ve got a statue. I’ve got it hitting, catching the ball when we won the World Series. You don’t.’ How about that one?”

Uribe was critical in the White Sox World Series championship, including recording the final two outs of Game 4. One of those outs-- his grab made while falling into the stands-- is the catch that has been enshrined outside Guaranteed Rate Field.

Nick Swisher only played one season in Chicago, and slashed .219/.332/.410 with a -1.4 dWAR.

Apparently that one season made quite the impression on Guillen, as he declared last week, “I hate Nick Swisher with my heart.”


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Day after Keuchel calls out team, White Sox offense erupts in win over Tigers

Day after Keuchel calls out team, White Sox offense erupts in win over Tigers

Whatever Dallas Keuchel said after Monday night’s uninspiring loss to the Tigers really worked. Or maybe the return of Tim Anderson and Edwin Encarnacion to the lineup gave the Sox the spark they needed? Or maybe it was a little bit of both?

Whatever the reason, the White Sox offense finally broke out of its collective slump in Tuesday’s 8-4 win against Detroit.

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Leading the charge was Eloy Jiménez, who busted out of a slump of his own by going 2-4 with a homer and four RBI. He had previously been 1-23 dating back to Aug. 5, and used a simple approach to break through.

“I was in a slump, and I feel like I was seeing the ball good, but I wasn’t hitting it to the right spot,” Jiménez said through interpreter Billy Russo. “(I was) swinging at some balls a little bit out of the zone. Now I’m just trying to see the ball and hit it where there’s no people.”

That’s always a good idea.

But when asked for his thoughts on Jiménez’s day, Rick Renteria provided a bit more of a nuanced assessment.

“Consistency, there’s no secret to it,” Renteria said. “Solid approaches working both lefties and righties… faced some righties today and was able to stay in on them. The two-strike ball down the right field line to tack on another run, I mean he had some really good at-bats today.”

Zooming back out, this is the type of offensive output the White Sox envisioned when they built this team last winter. Tim Anderson setting the table, Jiménez and Encarnacion hitting bombs, and Abreu and Moncada driving in more runs with timely hitting.

“The entire lineup looked great,” said starter Gio Gonzalez. “Everyone looked aggressive going out there. Plays were being made around the horn, guys were doing their job hitting the ball, moving runners over. It just looked like a White Sox win today.”

“Today we felt really good,” Jiménez said. “We took care of business and you see what happened.”

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