Field of Dreams. Best guy movie of all times? Forgive me, but I don’t usually start my day being PC. (I don’t end it that way either.) Pardon me as I wipe a tear. Want to have a catch Dad? For those of you whose minds don’t immediately shift to the shooting of Old Yellar, you’re on the wrong blog.
First there’s the field. It’s green. The same green God made when he made green. There’s a cross-hatched pattern to the cut, the white lines brilliantly juxtaposed. The air smells of peanuts and dogs.
Baseball, as spoken by James Earl Jones:
“Ray. People will come, Ray. They’ll come to Iowa for reasons they can’t even fathom. They’ll turn into your driveway, not knowing for sure why they’re doing it. They’ll arrive at your door, as innocent as children, longing for the past. Of course, we won’t mind if you look around, you’ll say. It’s only $20 per person. They’ll pass over the money without even thinking about it: for it is money they have and peace they lack…And they’ll walk off to the bleachers and sit in their short sleeves on a perfect afternoon. They’ll find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines where they sat when they were children, and cheered their heroes. And they’ll watch the game, and it’ll be as if they’d dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick, they’ll have to brush them away from their faces… People will come, Ray…The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers; it has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, is a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good, and it could be again. Ohhhh, people will come, Ray. People will most definitely come…”
This is the twelve step nightmare for anyone who had a father. At the end of the movie there is a dialog between Ray Kinsella and Shoeless Joe Jackson:
Ray Kinsella: I did it all. I listened to the voices, I did what they told me, and not once did I ask what’s in it for me.
Shoeless Joe Jackson: What are you saying, Ray?
Ray Kinsella: I’m saying? What’s in it for me?
Amidst all the confusion, amidst all the regulation, where does that leave you? Ask, “What’s in it for me?” What’s in it is whatever you put into it. Drive this process to your benefit. Build an EHR because it benefits you, not because it’s forced upon you.