The crack of a bat sounds different here. So does the echo of clapped hands when a 15-year-old boy named Gavin slaps his together and turns to scan the corn waving in the wind behind him, as if the noise had fluttered off into the night. He was standing in deep right field at the famous Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa — the same one they built for the 1989 movie where Kevin Costner plays a farmer who chops down his corn crop and builds a baseball field against his better judgement, raising baseball’s dead and reconnecting with his estranged father in the process. Gavin can’t fully grasp the weight of what this place means — the movie came out over a decade before he was born, he reminded me on the bench. But there’s something special about this field, and the game it’s home to.