“Don’t sell the farm, Ray.”
That’s what the character Mark tells Ray Kinsella in “Field of Dreams,” after seeing Shoeless Joe (or his spirit or whatever) for the first time. Well, get this:
According to the Associated Press, via SI.com, the property in Iowa on which that Kevin Costner-starred baseball flick was shot has been sold to a company called Go the Distance Baseball LLC.
Its original owners — Don and Becky Lansing — put the house, baseball diamond and surrounding farm land up for sale in May of 2010 at a $5.4 million asking price. The final sale amount was not disclosed.
Go The Distance Baseball, as you might imagine, plans to preserve the set. It still attracts tourists.
MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports that ESPN broadcaster Aaron Boone interviewed for the Yankees’ manager job today. No word as to whether he hit a big home run.
Boone, an ESPN analyst, obviously has some history with the Yankees, but he has no coaching experience at any level. Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote earlier this week of Boone that the Yankees “are intrigued if his charisma and passion can compensate for inexperience.” I’d say the answer to that question, whenever asked and in whatever context, is always “no,” but I suppose there’s a first time for everything.
So far the Yankees have interviewed Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge and Hensley Meulens. Yesterday Brian Cashman said there was no rush to fill the job, and that the Winter Meetings are not a deadline for the team in doing so.