“It may be.”
If you are a fan of America’s pastime, there’s a good chance you believe the same. My Sunday “church” is the Little League fields of flyover country and I couldn’t think of a better book to read on opening weekend . . . .
Unless you’ve been living in a box (♫♪♫living in a cardboard box♫♪♫) you have probably heard of Shoeless Joe, at least in its movie format Field of Dreams. In case you haven’t, this is the story of Ray, an Iowa farmer who hears a mysterious voice one day telling him . . . .
“If you build it, he will come.”
Ray immediately knows what he needs to build and the “he” who will be coming. When he hears the voice a second . . .
“Ease his pain”
And then a third time . . . .
“Go the distance.”
He has an awareness of the next steps he needs to take as well in order to . . .
“Fulfill the dream.”
This is the quintessential story about the love of the game. . . .
It’s a story about faith and family and finding inner peace and it might just make you believe that a little cornfield in Iowa might really be heaven . . . .
The film version is near perfection. I’m knocking off 1 Star here for the scene that was not included in the book, which was the one that made my robot heart melt and rain fall out of my face . . .
Highly recommended to anyone who believes that:
“I suppose that wouldn’t be a bad epitaph for me: ‘He was a fan of the game.’”
Now PLAY BALL!
Oh and to my beloved boys in blue . . .