Kevin Costner paid tribute to Ray Liotta at the Field of Dreams game in Dyersville, Iowa on Thursday, just three months after the actor died at 67. The baseball field 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 movie character “Shoeless” Joe Jackson.
“Ray Liotta was special,” Costner said in the video, along with the clip from the movie where Liotta’s “Shoeless” Joe Jackson watches the ballpark lights illuminate the playing field, surrounded by cornfields, and says: “Man, I love this game.”
“In honor of MLB at Field of Dreams this week, I wanted to share some memories from the movie, but most of all remember the amazing Ray Liotta. ‘Shoeless Joe Jackson’ will be there with us all for a great night of baseball in the fields of Iowa,” Costner continued.
Costner’s tribute was played as the Chicago Cubs took on 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, featuring photos of Liotta from the classic film:
Costner also recalled the memorable batting practice scene he and Liotta shared while filming the film, and how he thought about that moment when he heard the news of Liotta’s death.
When Ray passed away in May, I remembered that our batting practice moment together was no stunt. It was real, and it happened as you saw it. I said God gave us that waterfall 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 can live forever in our hearts every time he comes out of that cornfield. He has become eternal. Long live Shoeless Joe and long live Ray, who showed us that when dreams come from the heart, they really can come true.
“That’s the beauty of baseball and a movie like ‘Field of Dreams.’ He shall live forever in our hearts.”
Earlier this year, Ray Liotta sadly passed away at the age of 67. Kevin Costner looks back on his time on set with Liotta and pays tribute to the life of his former colleague. pic.twitter.com/HRQ681OgbZ
– FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) August 11, 2022
Liotta, who created iconic characters for films such as Freedmen 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 the game Thursday, veteran MLB outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. and his dad surprised fans by popping out of corn to “get a grip,” in a nod to the legendary field of dreams stage:
– Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 11, 2022
#MovieScenesThatMakeYouCry for me it’s this scene from FIELD OF DREAMS (1989). The second Kevin Costner says “Hey Dad, wanna get a catch?” I play like a baby every time. You don’t have to be an American or a baseball fan to fully experience this emotion. 😭😭😭 What’s yours? pic.twitter.com/ABvMqC4XyR
– ✨✨✨The Fandom Helper✨✨✨ (@Crockett1120) February 7, 2021
Both teams posted photos of their throwback uniforms:
– Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 8, 2022
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) August 8, 2022
MLB will not be returning to the Field of Dreams stadium in 2023 due to a long-term construction project planned for the site, which will include baseball and softball fields for boys and girls, team dormitories and a hotel. , said owner Frank Thomas. Des Monks Register.