If you build it, they will come: Iowa man builds backyard baseball diamond

If you build it, they will come: Iowa man builds backyard baseball diamond


STACEY: IN THIS WEEK’S “THIS IS IOWA”, SHOWING HOW IT CANNOT — IT DOESN’T TAKE THAT LONG.>>DIEHARDS KNOW, ALL YOU REALLY NEED IS A BALL, A BAT, AND SOME BUDDIES. THE GEAR’S EASY.>>BUT GROW UP 10 MILES FROM TOWN AND TEENAGERS QUICKLY REALIZE. BARNYARDS AND CORN TASSELS WON’T LURE A TEAM DOWN YOUR GRAVEL YOU NEED A JOB DROPPER AND A DAD , WITH BOTH A PASTURE AND A>>PRETTY MUCH ONE NIGHT, I JUST THOUGHT ABOUT IT. ERIC 2 SUMMERS AGO, WYATT : ZIESMAN’S KIDS WERE AWAY FOR THE WEEKEND.>>WE CUT THE GRASS AT. ERIC BY THAT SUNDAY NIGHT? :>>IT WAS A SURPRISE, WHEN WE CAME BACK. ERIC THEIR EYES ALMOST POPPED : OUT AT THEIR DAD’S EXTREME FARM MAKEOVER.>>THERE IS NOTHING BETTER THAN PLAYING CATCH WITH YOUR KIDS. ERIC WITHIN WEEKS : ALL THE TOWN KIDS WERE BEGGING MOMS AND DADS FOR A RIDE TO THE COUNTRY! >>I WAS SHOCKED BECAUSE I DID NOT THINK ANYONE COULD PULL THIS OFF.>>ALL RIGHT, YOU GUYS READY? ERIC NOW, EVERY KID WHO CHEERS : FROM THE DUGOUTS 4 FEET FROM THE CORN: AND TRIES TO CRUSH ONE 400 FEET TO THE ZIESMAN’S FRONT PORCH, MAKES THE EXACT SAME COMPARISON.>>IT IS ALMOST LIKE FIELD OF DREAMS, IT IS COOL. YOU DON’T SEE A LOT OF BASEBALL FIELDS OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CLOCK — THE CORNFIELD. ERIC BUT WYATT ZIESMAN SWEARS : THE ICONIC IOWA MOVIE REALLY WASN’T HIS INSPIRATION.>>I CREDIT — WE DID NOT HAVE A BASEBALL FIELD.>>WHERE KIDS WOULD BIKE IN FOR AFTERNOON GAMES JUST LIKE THE ONES TODAY BETWEEN HIGH-SCHOOLERS AND 7TH GRADERS.>>ONLY HERE THE HAND-ME-DOWN , LIGHTS FROM AN OLD DIAMOND IN TOWN MEAN GAMES DON’T HAVE TO , AND, WHEN EVENING CHORES DO.>>I SEE MY KIDS OUT THERE PLAYING CATCH, WITHOUT ASKING, JUST BECAUSE THEY WANT TO GO OUT THERE AND HAVE FAN — FUN. IT IS A REALLY COOL MOMENT.>>THIS IS AWESOME, YEAH.>>THAT DAD, DOUBLING AS AN UMPIRE, SPENT LESS THAN 800 BUCKS ON FENCING AND BASES. MOST OF IT’S BEEN SWEAT.>>BUT HE WILL ALSO BE THE FIRST TO ADMIT THAT THE MAGIC ON THIS FRANKLIN COUNTY FARM IS NOT IN THE HOMEMADE BACKSTOP OR BASELINES.>>IT IS A MEMBER IS MADE EVERY INNING, OUT BY THE CORN TO READ BETWEEN HIS BOYS AND THEIR BUDDIES.>>ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT THIS PLACE, IS THAT PEOPLE LIKE TO COME OVER AND PLAY ON IT. ERIC WHO CAN’T BELIEVE THE DAD : WITH A DREAM THAT REALLY CAME TRUE.>>IT IS SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR SURE.>>WYATT KNOWS THAT IN A FEW MONTHS THE COURT — THE COMBINE MIGHT TURN INTO A CORNFIELD. BUT SO FAR, NO ONE HAS HIT A HOME RUN ALL THE WAY TO HIS HOUSE.

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