Team of Dreams Meets Field of Dreams in Dyersville

By Forrest Saunders, Reporter

DYERSVILLE, Iowa - For years, Brian Hutton has been using a ball and a couple gloves to mold his 12-year-old son Henry into a baseball maniac.

"I always wanted a son to play catch with," said Brian. "We love baseball. My son loves baseball. He's playing fall ball."

Saturday, their game of catch on the historic "Field of Dreams" in Dyersville was just the first inning of what was shaping up to be a grand slam of a day. The Hutton's were two of 4,000 who showed up to see a game straight out of any baseball fan's dreams.

Thirteen legends, including 11 Baseball Hall of Famers, played a few innings of softball at the former movie site, all to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. Called the "Team of Dreams", the roster included baseball greats like Johnny Bench, Reggie Jackson, Doc Gooden, even Pete Rose.

"Ah! I just couldn't wait to see all the players. I've heard so much about them from my dad. It's really fun to see them now!" said Henry Hutton.

Rick Adams' passion for America's pastime has no equal. That's why he brought his young son Reed to the game, who's just starting T-ball.

"When the ball rolls out here, I don't think we can keep it," said Rick whispering in Reed's ear and pointing to the foul line. "Okay? If it comes in the air, I think we can try to catch it."

Rick said baseball brings him closer to his boy with each game. "It's everything. It's just a chance to remember your childhood and share with them what you went through," he said.

The Hutton's agree. "This is like a dream come true, you know?" said Brian.

The event was sponsored by Mystique Casino of Dubuque. Tickets ranged from $20-35. Those who paid $1,000 for the "Ultimate Experience" were able to work on their pitching, catching and hitting with Jim Palmer, Johnny Bench and Pete Rose.
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