Pike’s Hunter Strickland walked through the corn field with the Cincinnati Reds to take the field for the second edition of the MLB Field of Dreams Game which feature National League Central rivals, the Cubs and Reds, meeting amid the cornfield of Dyersville, Iowa, adjacent to where the iconic movie that starred Kevin Costner was filmed.
“If you didn’t tear up at the beginning of the Field of Dreams game then you aren’t a true baseball person,” said PCHS assistant baseball coach Blake Parrott, who played for the Pirates in high school. “Me and my son Grayson watched it together and he was absolutely mesmerized. It was pretty cool to see my former teammate Hunter Strickland walk out of that magical corn field.”
The matchup counted as a regular season game and Strickland pitched one inning in relief, picking up two strikeouts and allowing one hit and one walk. The Reds fell short 4-2 but Strickland had a strong showing.
Strickland and the Reds wore a uniform inspired from 1919, the year they won the World Series. They were white with navy pinstripes and the club’s logo on the left chest. Strickland also wore a special pair of cleats he designed himself in honor of the late Miles Head who played baseball for a while in the Minor League.
“He had been designing some special cleats for the game when Miles passed,” said Beverly Lisle Head. “He decided he wanted to change the design and honor Miles. Hunting, fishing, grilling and his two girls – all the things Miles cherished – were with Hunter when he took the field Thursday. We are honored beyond words.”