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DYERSVILLE — Chicago Cubs Manager David Ross leaked last week that his team would be one of the participants in the 2022 Field of Dreams Game.
We found out Monday night that the Cubs are officially in, with their opponent being the Cincinnati Reds. Multiple national sites confirmed the news Monday night, led by Chicago journalist Gordon Wittenmyer, that it’ll be the Cubs and Reds on Thursday, August 11 at the 8,000-seat ballpark Major League Baseball built specifically for these games.
This year’s inaugural game was a huge success nationally, with just short of 6 million people tuning into the Fox game telecast. The Chicago White Sox walked off the New York Yankees, 9-8, on Tim Anderson’s two-run home run.
Initially, this doesn’t seem like as attractive a matchup. The Cubs, of course, are a national brand, though they traded four superstars at the traded deadline a couple of weeks ago and have been a feeble team since then.
The Reds are a threat for a National League wildcard playoff berth this season but have nowhere near the popularity of the 1970s Big Red Machine, let alone a team that won a World Series in 1990.
The teams are expected to play in Dyersville on Thursday, Aug. 11, will have the following day off for travel, then continue their series at Cincinnati.
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