Many of us remember the movie well. It starred Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones and Ray Liotta in the story of the Chicago White Sox, nicknamed at the time the "Black Sox" for the scandal that infected the team during a heyday season. A Midwestern farmer who loved that team years later wanted to see them again and in a dream was told that if he built a quality diamond for them to play on, the team would come to play ball. It was a great example of combining some truth with fiction to make a riveting tale that was touching to anyone who loves baseball.
The movie site is now a tourist attraction and the owner has preserved and improved it, with events routinely scheduled including some games and it is open to the public daily from 9-6 from April through October. Thousands of tourists passing through the area routinely visit it and even enjoy playing catch on that now famous field.
But early this week, in the darkness of night, a driver of a big vehicle, likely a truck, decided to ruin the field by driving around and through the infield and turf after a freeze and thaw cycle. Deep ruts were dug into the infield and fixing it will not come fast or cheap with early estimates of fifteen thousand dollars or more to repair. Custodian Al Steffen said that it is quite possible the sprinkler system has been seriously damaged as well, but that can't be determined until the full spring thaw has come. And now the owner is thinking seriously about eliminating visitors after hours from stopping by with a fencing and alarm security system added. He doesn't want to do that since some people come by at strange hours but he obviously wants to protect his investment and make sure that future visitors will be able to see it in excellent shape.
And all this just makes me ask a question. What is it that makes some people think that damaging a beautiful facility like this is fun? What possesses them to do that? After all, this isn't an isolated incident of wanton destruction of property. I've seen it on the grounds of my local country church as well where four wheelers seem to get joy in tearing up the lawn during rainy season.
Simply put, it's a form of evil, frequently onset on those with an idle mind. My mother always said that an idle mind was the devil's workshop and that sounds pretty accurate to me. When we allow ourselves to turn our minds to dark thoughts, dark actions usually follow. And often it is caused by young people in need of good parental supervision. But, whatever the case, I would hope that the instigators in some way and fashion see the "light" and turn their thoughts away from destructive darkness. There is no future when darkness is the focus of your life.
If you would like to see more about the field of dreams movie site, visit their Facebook page at Field of Dreams Movie Site. Sounds like a great place to visit if ever in Iowa, and they promise to have things back up running as good as new when the weather allows. I wish them well and continued success in their endeavor.