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A little late for a ‘Dreams’ state

DYERSVILLE, Iowa — As I walked through the tunnel and onto the grass Thursday at Field of Dreams Stadium, a question came from a mysterious voice:

“Is this heaven?”

Nah, I grumbled to myself. It’s basically the Iowa Cubs.

The 2022 Cubs and Reds, a pair of minor-league teams posing as major league ones, are capable of bringing only so much pageantry and romance to the table, after all. That’s true even here, at the home of the famously quaint ballfield that was the jewel of a 1989 film (based on W.P. Kinsella’s novel “Shoeless Joe”) that received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.