As MLB considers future game sites, check out these ideas – NBC Chicago

Egypt. Australia. Pennsylvania Hot Dog Place. Chicago Junior College.

If Major League Baseball is looking for another game venue, oh man, do we have some fun ideas.

The second Field of Dreams game is Thursday night in the cornfields of eastern Iowa, near the site of the beloved 1989 movie. The Chicago Cubs play the Cincinnati Reds after the 2021 game — a wild 9-8 win for Chicago White Sox vs. New York Yankees – was a smashing success.

But Major League Baseball wants to wait before making a decision on a third Field of Dreams date. It has been in contact with multiple cities about future games — including Evansville, Ind., around Bosse Field, where parts of the 1992 movie “A League of Their Own” were filmed — and has an internal task force exploring the possibilities.

Meanwhile, the Associated Press asked several sports and entertainment figures where they would take a major league game if given the choice, and they responded with sites around the world.

John Thorne, Major League Baseball’s official historian, wants to go back to Egypt. Not only did major leaguers play a game in February 1889 near the pyramids, but the earliest record of a bat-and-ball game—seker-hemat, played by Egyptian pharaohs—is from a wall relief in an Egyptian temple.

“Such a game played today would be doubly important because Egypt is not only the cradle of civilization, but also the cradle of baseball,” Thorne said in an email.

Chicago White Sox closer Liam Hendricks wanted to play a game in his native Australia.

“Ideally I’d like to take it to the Perth Baseball Park because that’s where I grew up playing,” Hendricks said. “Especially in Perth, we don’t really get anyone on that coast very often, so to be able to get him there would be a treat for everyone involved.”

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks opened the 2014 season in Australia with the Dodgers playing two games at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Actor Michael Imperioli chose Rome because he said it was his favorite city in the world. But he wasn’t sure how it would be received.

“They love basketball over there and obviously football,” he said. “But I don’t know if baseball translates that well. Although it would be pretty fun to do it there.

Pretty fun, really.

The connection to home was a recurring theme.

Bonnie Hunt, an actor and lifelong Cubs fan, suggested Wilbur Wright College near where she grew up in her hometown of Chicago.

“I would do it there because I remember my dad hitting the ball for us, the seven kids on the field, me and my six siblings, and us running and getting the ball,” said Hunt, writer, director and host for “Amber Brown,” a new series on Apple TV+.

“My dad used to throw the ball in the air and hit it himself. And that would be my ‘field of dreams’ … to go back to the old neighborhood and be with all the kids I grew up with.”

Cleveland Guardians manager Terry Francona had a similar thought, but with a twist. Francona and his father, Tito, another former major leaguer, both grew up in New Brighton, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh.

Terry Francona, 63, wants to play in his hometown – because of the Brighton Hot Dog Shoppe.

“Hotdog after the game,” a grinning Francona said. “Before and after.”

Like Francona, Phoenix Mercury guard Diamond DeShields also has strong family ties to baseball. DeShields’ father, Delino, spent 13 years in the majors, and her brother, Delino Jr., appeared in 601 games with three teams over seven seasons.

Diamond DeShields had a more unusual idea.

“I think inside an airport hangar would be great or on an aircraft carrier if it was big enough to have a court like they do in college basketball,” she said. “I would say like in a military base. Inside a hangar would be great.

The Miami Marlins defeated the Atlanta Braves 5-2 at a temporary ballpark at Fort Bragg on July 3, 2016, and a return to a US military post could be an attractive option for MLB.

Bob Kendrick, the president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, touched on a few other possibilities that might be considered.

“I’m a supporter of those few remaining places that the Negro Leagues have called home,” Kendrick said in an email, “Rickwood Field as a tribute to Willie Mays and the Birmingham Black Barons or Patterson, (NJ) in Hinchliffe when it’s rebuilt as a tribute to Monte Irvin, Larry Doby, and teams like the (New York) Black Yankees and others who played in this historic venue.”