Talks underway to bring Chicago Cubs to future 'Field of Dreams' game

Matthew Bain Tommy Birch
Des Moines Register

On the eve of MLB's first regular season game in Iowa, the Register has learned that talks are underway for the Chicago Cubs to potentially play in a future game at the "Field of Dreams" site. 

The news initially broke when Cubs manager David Ross seemingly insinuated to Chicago reporters before his team's Wednesday game that the Cubs would be playing in another MLB "Field of Dreams" game next year, according to NBC Sports reporter Gordon Wittenmyer and other media on hand. 

Wittenmyer reported that Ross then tried to walk back those comments.

However, a baseball source with direct knowledge told The Register on Wednesday evening that there's momentum behind the idea of the Cubs playing near the "Field of Dreams" site in rural northeast Iowa that the MLB constructed. The source said the Cubs would be one of the teams featured if the MLB returns for a future game in Dyersville. 

There have been no official announcements regarding the future of the ballpark built for Thursday night's game between the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox. 

Roman Weinberg, the director of operations for Go The Distance, which owns and operates the "Field of Dreams" movie site, told The Register this week that his No. 1 goal is for the MLB to play more games at the newly constructed ballpark in the future. 

In an interview with The Register last week, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred didn't rule out a return visit. He said he wanted to see how things went in Dyersville before deciding if another game could come. 

"It is important for us to play live in states where we don't play on a regular basis, and I think Iowa certainly fits that bill," Manfred said.