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(DYERSVILLE, Iowa) – The Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds will take to the cornfields of Iowa for a game worthy of dreams Thursday night in the second edition of MLB’s tribute to the classic 1989 film. starring Kevin Costner.

The “Field of Dreams” game will feature players wearing uniforms modeled after those each club wore a century ago, and stepping out from the cornfields onto a baseball diamond adjacent to the location of the original film.

The Reds will be the designated home team for the regular season game. The showdown will take place in a specially constructed ground that can accommodate 8,000 fans.

Last year, the league kicked off the tradition with a game between the Chicago White Sox, the team featured in the iconic film, and the New York Yankees, with Costner himself on the sidelines. The game was a resounding success, with White Sox star Tim Anderson hitting a two-run home run after Aaron Judge’s three-run blast deep into the corn in the top of the ninth seemed to set up a win in New York .

Cubs first baseman Frank Schwindel told MLB.com he’s not sure if it’s possible to top the first installment of lore.

“I don’t know if we can,” Schwindel said. “It’s going to be tough to beat, but we’re going to show up like it’s any other day, play hard and hope we put on a show for the fans.”

Particular care has been taken with the players’ vintage uniforms.

According to MLB, the Reds will wear uniforms designed in 1919, when they won their controversial World Series title marred by scandal from the Black Sox. Shoeless Joe Jackson, one of those players kicked out of baseball over the alleged bribery scandal, featured prominently in the film.

For their part, the Cubs will have cream-colored uniforms inspired by the franchise’s 1929 uniforms that include the old-school logo of a bear holding a bat inside a large red “C” and Navy blue.

“Watching the home runs go out in the corn, it’s just something special,” Schwindel told MLB.com. “It’s going to be a lot of fun. We are very spoiled to play at Wrigley every day – lots of history, obviously. I think we’re going to try and soak it all up when we get to this pitch. We’ll walk through the corn, sit on the iconic bench out front.

Reds shortstop Kyle Farmer is also thrilled to play in such an iconic location. Farmer told MLB.com that he did a project in high school about Shoeless Joe Jackson and the 1919 White Sox.

To celebrate this special night, country music star Walker Hayes will perform after the game as fireworks light up the cornfields.

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