Kevin Costner remembers ‘Amazing Ray Liotta’ at MLB Field of Dreams Game

Kevin Costner gave a beautiful tribute to Ray Liotta as part of the Field of Dreams game in Dyersville, Iowa, on Thursday, just three months after the actor died at the age of 67. The baseball field was used in their 1989 film Field of dreams has been transformed into a tourist attraction that has hosted MLB games for the past three years.

In a moving video, Costner remembered the “amazing Ray Liotta” and his character from the movie “Shoeless” Joe Jackson.

“Ray Liotta was special,” Costner said in the video, along with the clip from the film, in which Liotta’s “Shoeless” Joe Jackson sees the lights of the baseball stadium illuminate the field, surrounded by cornfields, and says, “Man, I love this game.”

“In honor of MLB at the Field of Dreams this week, I wanted to share some memories from the movie, but more importantly remember the great Ray Liotta. ‘Shoeless Joe Jackson’ will be out there with all of us for a great night of baseball on the fields of Iowa,” Costner continued.

Costner’s tribute played while the Chicago Cubs played the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night. To set the stage for the game, both teams wore special uniforms, “inspired by what both franchises wore in the early 1900s,” Fox News reported.

The actor also posted a tribute on his Instagram page with photos of Liotta from the classic film:

Costner also recalled the memorable batting practice scene he and Liotta shared during the filming of the film and how he thought about that moment when he heard the news of Liotta’s death.

He said:

When Ray died back in May, I reminisced about how our batting practice moment together wasn’t a stunt. It was real and it happened as you saw it. I said God gave us that stunt that night and now God has Ray. And while he may be gone, that’s the beauty of a game like baseball and a movie like ‘Field of Dreams.’ He is going to live forever in our hearts every time he steps out of that cornfield. He has become eternal. Long live Shoeless Joe, and long live Ray, who helped show us that when dreams come from the heart, they really can come true.

Liotta, who created iconic characters for films such as Goodfellas and field of dreams, died in his sleep on May 26 in the Dominican Republic, where he was shooting the film Dangerous waters.

In a tearful moment during Thursday’s game, veteran MLB outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. and his father fans by coming out of the corn to “have a catch” in a nod to the legendary Field of dreams scene:

Both teams posted pictures of their throwback uniforms:

MLB will not return to the Field of Dreams stadium in 2023 because of a long-term construction project planned for the site that would feature boys and girls youth baseball and softball fields, team dormitories and a hotel, owner Frank Thomas said. Des Moines Register.

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