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A vandal damaged the “Field of Dreams” field


First off, let me say that I have a rock solid alibi for Monday night. I was in Ohio with my family. I watched the first 45 minutes of “Batman Begins” on Netflix for, like, the 20th time, thinking about how good that and “The Dark Knight” was and thinking about all of the things Christopher Nolan got wrong in “The Dark Knight Rises.” Then I went to bed super early, because I’m far, far older than my actual 44 years. I may as well be your grandfather.

Which is to say that, my highly controversial, yet 100% correct opinions about the movie “Field of Dreams” notwithstanding, I had no hand in this whatsoever. From the Dubuque Telegraph Herald:

One of cinema’s most iconic baseball fields suffered thousands of dollars in damage this week when a vandal apparently tore up the landscaping with a vehicle.

Denise Stillman, owner of Dyersville’s Field of Dreams movie site, said her team found the damage Tuesday morning. It appears that a vehicle was driven onto the field, causing significant damage.

Stillman said a damage assessment still is underway, but she anticipates repairs will cost thousands of dollars.

“Someone who is disturbed had some agenda to damage the field,” Stillman said. “It’s upsetting.”

It is upsetting, no question. I’d suggest, though, that this perpetrator’s transgressions should be excused because, perhaps, he never had a catch with his dad and that colored everything he believed and everything he did for the rest of his life until he did something rash on Monday night. If he could now, somehow, have that catch with his dad, everything will be better.

Hahahaha, just kidding. That’s so implausible that it’s preposterous to even suggest it. If anyone takes such a theme seriously, they are stretching the limits of reason, right?

Rays acquire C.J. Cron from Angels

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The Rays have acquired first baseman C.J. Cron from the Angels for a player to be named later, the teams announced Saturday. In a corresponding move, the Rays cleared a roster spot for Cron by designating outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment.

Cron wasn’t expected to factor prominently in the Angels’ plans for 2018, especially given the recent addition of pitcher/hitter Shohei Ohtani and the projected Luis Valbuena/Albert Pujols combo at first base. The 28-year-old infielder wasn’t overly impressive during his fourth season in Anaheim, either, slashing .248/.305/.437 with 16 home runs and 0.5 fWAR through 373 plate appearances in 2017. He’ll give the Rays a platoon option with fellow first baseman Brad Miller, though neither Cron nor Miller have looked particularly adept against left-handed pitching lately.

Dickerson, meanwhile, is coming off of a banner season with the Rays. The 29-year-old outfielder enjoyed his first All-Star nomination in 2017, rounding out the year with a .282/.325/.490 batting line and career-best 27 home runs and 2.6 fWAR in 629 PA. Some have already speculated that a trade is in the works; barring that, it’s a head-scratching move to make considering his clear offensive value to the team.