Friday, August 21, 2009

If You Build It ..................... Part 2

This scene does double duty. It shows the main character Ray doing the insane thing of tearing up his primary source of income to build a baseball field. All because of the voice he heard earlier telling him "If You Build It He Will Come" . While he is doing that he sets up the history of Shoeless Joe Jackson by telling Karin. If I had such a captive audience despite their youth, I would be explaining baseball with that amount of assumed knowledge too. Which might explain a few things about me.


Part 1 is here:

Assorted Trivia from the Movie:

  • The studio built the baseball diamond on an actual farm in Dyersville, Iowa. After the filming was completed, the family owning the farm kept the field, and added a small hut where you could buy inexpensive souvenirs. As of 1990, visitors were free to come to the field and play baseball as they please.
  • Thousands of pallets of green grass were brought in to make the baseball field, but due to the haste in planting because of the shooting schedule, the grass was not able to grow appropriately and died. In order to keep the grass green, the production crew painted the grass.
  • When Ray asks "Shoeless" Joe Jackson what he likes about about playing baseball, Shoeless Joe responds "the thrill of the grass", the title of W.P. Kinsella's 1985 book of short stories about baseball.

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