Man admits to damaging ‘Field of Dreams’ site


It’s hard to forget hearing last week about the vandalism done at the iconic Iowa baseball diamond where “Field of Dreams” was filmed. The field was left with deep gashes throughout and with damage to its sprinkler system.

On Thursday, the Facebook page Field of Dreams Movie Site reported that Austin Pape, 20, of Dyersville was charged with second-degree criminal mischief and reckless driving. The page said that Pape turned himself into the sheriff’s office that morning. What is particularly impressive is how the operators of the movie location responded:

“As a community, as #DreamNation, we ask for all of you to join us in forgiving him for his actions. We ask you to join us in sending loving kindness to Austin whose poor judgment led him to our Field last week. Perhaps he is hurting in some way … perhaps he is seeking significance in some way … whatever the reason, we invite you to move forward.”

There is an opportunity for second chances here.

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