Footage of Chicago White Sox player Tim Anderson’s two-run homer to win the Field of Dreams game against the New York Yankees has been viewed more than 1.7 million times after being uploaded to social media.
The Major League Baseball (MLB) Game, which was played in Iowa at the filming location of the iconic Kevin Costner starring 1989 film, Field of Dreams, ended in a 9-8 victory for the Chicago White Sox after Anderson scored a walk-off two-run homer in the ninth innings to claim victory for his team.
Anderson launched the ball into the cornfield behind the stadium before celebrating his team’s victory with the fans who had traveled to Iowa for the first-ever MLB game in the state, as he made his way around the bases.
As soon as the ball left his bat, Anderson started walking around the bases before jumping and jogging for the rest of the way as he celebrated with his teammates and fireworks were let off outside of the stadium.
The shortstop was visibly smiling and looking to the sky as he celebrated the win and the crowd in the stadium erupted after witnessing the dramatic finish to the game.
“It’s over. Once I made contact, I knew it was over. I knew it was out,” Anderson said after the game. “These are the moments you want to be in. These big games like this, this is the time to show up.”
The footage of his two-run homer has now been viewed more than 1.7 million times on social media after being uploaded by several different users, as Anderson received praise for his match-winning action.
The Twitter account for Barstool Sports tweeted a clip of the home run and wrote: “TIM ANDERSON IS THAT DUDE,” while the official Chicago White Sox profile added: “WHAT A DREAM. Tim Anderson walks it off!”
The Fox Sports MLB account tweeted: “A FIELD OF DREAMS IT WAS! TIM ANDERSON WINS IT FOR THE @whitesox!!!” as TJ Eckert, the Sports Director at KTUL News in Iowa wrote: “Tim Anderson. Walk-off. There’s freakin magic in that corn. What a night. #FieldOfDreamsGame.”
There were eight home runs hit during the special game on Thursday that was rescheduled from its original date of August 13, 2020, due to the COVID pandemic.
Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton each hit two-run homers for the Yankees as the team had a lead of 8-7 going into the top of the ninth, before Anderson crushed their dreams with the winning runs.
When asked about Anderson following the game, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said: “Unfortunately, he’s a really good player. He certainly likes playing in this kind of environment and has established himself as an All-Star-caliber shortstop in this league, and obviously hurt us tonight.”
Meanwhile, White Sox Bench Coach Miguel Cairo, who served as acting manager on Thursday, called the game “really special” and said that Anderson is the “man of our team. What a leader. He came through today. He carried us.”
Cairo added: “It was a dream come true. It was Field of Dreams, and today that dream came true. It was an awesome day. Now I can tell you, it was a really good day.”
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