No matter the sport, pretending to play as or against your favorite players is essentially the most normal thing one can do growing up a sports fan. You shoot over them, strike them out or find them in the corner of the end zone with no time left on the clock. If you're doing it right, you also account for the crowd noise and play-by-play guy who CAN'T BELIEVE WHAT HE JUST SAW.
The truth is, we never actually get to turn this dream into a reality… unless somebody swoops in and decides to create a contest around this very fantasy. That is exactly what the MLB (and Pepsi) decided to do for Tim Wisecup, a lucky contest winner from Columbus, OH, who came up with his dream team of baseball legends that he and around a dozen of his friends got to take on on a warm May night in central Ohio. Among the legends were Johnny Bench, Frank Thomas, Reggie Jackson, Rickey Henderson, Ozzie Smith, Pedro Martinez, Dennis Eckersley, et al.
Anyway, as the game and weekend unfolded, SB Nation's Dan Rubenstein was on hand to take in the sights and sounds of the MLB/Pepsi Field of Dreams game and weekend, and definitely didn't try to pay off an umpire.