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Field of Dreams park hit by vandals

Ease their pain. The owners of Field of Dreams baseball park, featured in the 1989 Kevin Costner flick, say a vehicle driver vandalized the Dyersville, Iowa, attraction earlier this week by driving through the diamond and outfield.

"Someone who is disturbed had some agenda to damage the field," site owner Denise Stillman told the Bleacher Report. "It's upsetting. There are gashes up to four inches deep in the outfield. Whoever did it was really able to dig in."

Repairs to the grass and sprinkler system will cost $15,000. A GoFundMe page has been set up so fans can help.

The baseball diamond, set amid the corn fields of Dyersville, was the center of Field of Dreams, about a farmer (Costner) who hears voices in his crops and is led to build the field as a sort of penance for his troubled relationship with his late father. The movie also starred Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta and Burt Lancaster (in his final role). It was nominated for three Oscars and turned phrases like "If you build it, he will come" and "Ease his pain" into pop culture milestones.

The baseball field and surrounding groups became a popular tourist attraction after the movie was released – just as was prognosticated in the movie plot itself – and is open from April through October each year.

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