A vandal damaged the “Field of Dreams” field

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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?

Aaron Judge out of Yankees starting lineup for finale after No. 62

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge wasn’t in the starting lineup for New York’s regular-season finale, a day after his 62nd home run that broke Roger Maris’ 61-year-old American League single-season record.

When Judge homered in the first inning Tuesday night, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, it was his 55th consecutive game. He has played in 157 games overall for the AL East champions.

With the first-round bye in the playoffs, the Yankees won’t open postseason play until the AL Division Series starts next Tuesday.

Even though Judge had indicated that he hoped to play Wednesday, manager Aaron Boone said after Tuesday night’s game that they would have a conversation and see what made the most sense.

“Short conversation,” Boone said before Wednesday’s game, adding that he was “pretty set on probably giving him the day today.”

Asked if there was a scenario in which Judge would pinch hit, Boone responded, “I hope not.”

Judge went into the final day of the regular season batting .311, trailing American League batting average leader Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, who was hitting .315. Judge was a wide leader in the other Triple Crown categories, with his 62 homers and 131 RBIs.

Boone said that “probably the one temptation” to play Judge had been the long shot chance the slugger had to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012.