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White Sox outfielder Eloy Jiménez. Photo: Ron Vesely/Getty Images

MLB built it, and tonight the White Sox, Yankees and 8,000 fans will come.

Driving the news: The town of Dyersville, Iowa, (population: 4,543) will host tonight's Field of Dreams Game at a newly-constructed field just steps away from the site of the iconic 1989 film.

  • First pitch: 7:15pm ET (Fox)
  • Starters: CWS RHP Lance Lynn (10-3, 2.04 ERA) vs. NYY LHP Andrew Heaney (7-8, 5.45 ERA)
  • Tickets: The average price was about $1,400, with some going for much as $4,000.
Courtesy: MLB

Details: Construction began in 2019 for the planned (and later postponed) August 2020 game, with the ballpark connected to the original movie site by a corn maze in the shape of MLB's logo.

  • To enter the field, players will walk through a removable section of outfield fence hidden in the corn — just like in the movie.
  • The design, down to the color of the grandstands and location of the bullpens, resembles Comiskey Park, where the White Sox played from 1910 to 1990. Same with the dimensions, which measure 335 feet down the lines, 380 feet to the alleys and 400 feet to center.
  • The broadcast will be more like a playoff game, featuring countless cameras, microphones and drones, while various other flourishes — like hand-painted signage, a retro score bug and throwback uniforms — will give the game an old-school look and feel.
Photo: Quinn Harris/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Between the lines: "We want to embrace what the movie 'Field of Dreams' is all about," said Fox Sports executive producer Brad Zager. To that end, it's not just baseball stars who'll make tonight special.

  • Kevin Costner and Dwier Brown, who played Costner's father, will be in attendance, and other cast members may join, as well.
  • With that in mind: If Costner doesn't throw out the first pitch to Brown, à la their climactic catch in the movie, Rob Manfred must be fired on the spot.

Looking ahead: There are no plans yet for this to become a recurring event, but MLB would be wise to consider adding marquee games to its annual slate akin to the NHL's Winter Classic.

  • 162 games is a ton. The con is there are few must-see regular-season matchups. The pro is the abundance of inventory with which to work.
  • As MLB searches for ways to attract a younger audience, events like this may be just the ticket. Not that movies must inspire every future one-off, but who wouldn't watch a "Sandlot" MLB game?

The bottom line: Tonight should be one to remember, and if you're fortunate enough to be able to watch with your father or son, might I suggest going outside to have a catch during the seventh-inning stretch?

🎥 Watch: Grand slam into the corn (Twitter)

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  • Seeing José Ramírez smack a double in the capital city. Watching in awe as Joey Votto scoops another ball at first base, all with the Columbus skyline in the background.

Driving the news: After playing in an Iowa cornfield last year, MLB is reportedly looking for more "nontraditional" venues for regular season games.

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Driving the news: U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne called the intelligence "deeply concerning" in a statement to Axios. The Biden administration has said Russia is actively manufacturing a pretext for invasion and warned that Putin could use joint military exercises in Belarus as cover to invade from the north.

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Nuclear physicists trying to piece together how atoms are built are about to get a powerful new tool.

Why it matters: When the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams begins experiments later this spring, physicists from around the world will use the particle accelerator to better understand the inner workings of atoms that make up all the matter that can be seen in the universe.