The Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs have descended on the Dyersville, Iowa to play in this year's Field of Dreams Game. Each team is allowed to carry a 27th player and the Reds selected catcher Chuckie Robinson. Aramis Garcia was transferred to the 60-day IL.
Robinson will be making his major league debut if he's able to make an appearance in tonight's game. Robinson, a former 21st-round selection of the Houston Astros, was selected by the Reds in the minor league portion of the the Rule 5 Draft.
Robinson has been with the Reds organization since 2020 and has split his time between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Louisville this season. Might Robinson suffer the same fate as Moonlight Graham?
Will Reds catcher Chuckie Robinson suffer the same fate as Moonlight Graham?
For those who don't know, Moonlight Graham was a real baseball player who made his one and only appearance during a game between the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Superbas (later renamed the Brooklyn Dodgers) in 1905.
Graham was made famous in the movie Field of Dreams, as Burt Lancaster played the much older "Doc" Graham. There were many historical inaccuracies in the film, but the one truth is that Moonlight Graham appeared in just one major league game but never actually had a plate appearance.
Graham entered the game in the eighth inning, but never got up to bat. While playing right field during the ninth inning, Graham never even recorded a put out or an outfield assist. Graham, like his character in the movie, did go on to become a doctor after playing baseball.
Will Chuckie Robinson become another Moonlight Graham? It sure is possible. Austin Romine draws the start behind home plate tonight, and even though Tyler Stephenson and Aramis Garcia are on the 60-day IL, the Reds still have Michael Papierski who has appeared in 32 games this season.
If the Field of Dreams Game goes into extra innings, or perhaps is a blowout one way or the other, maybe David Bell gives Robinson a chance to at least take his hacks. Being called up to the big leagues and having your first experience being in the Field of Dreams Game; this has to be a pretty surreal moment for Chuckie Robinson regardless of whether or not he gets into the scorebook.