Resident Jason Kidd has become the talk of the town on a usually quiet street in Brookfield, Ohio.
“This is the best thing to happen to this neighborhood in a long time!” a neighbor cried out from his vehicle as he passed the house of Kidd.
Two years ago, a father was approached by his son in Brookfield Township, Ohio. He wondered if he could have a backyard baseball field. Jason Kidd just blew him off like any parent would.
“Then a couple days later, I was thinking about it,” Kidd told CNN affiliate WFMJ. “I went out and did some measuring.”
The next thing he knew, Kidd told the station, he had trees removed and a hill flattened.
In a nod to Jacobs Field, the field he calls “The Re-Jake” features everything from infield clay, regulatory bases, elevated pitchers mound, and completely straight foul lines that Kidd himself paints.
Have a reference to the Field of Dreams? He’s likely already heard it.
While the field is not a full-size baseball diamond— it is primarily designed for wiffle ball— Kidd believes it is the ideal size for his 5-year-old son to grow up playing ball.
Planning officials informed WFMJ that a neighbor anonymously called in with worries about running off the ground, but the township has no ordinances in place that might stop someone from constructing something like this on their estate.
The project took about $30,000 and two years of planning. And there’s still more work to be done. Kidd plans on putting up a fence, some foul poles, as well as temporary lighting.
For him, the money doesn’t matter. What matters is making memories with his young son and teach the child the game with which he fell in love at a young age.
“Probably not the best financial decision, but it’s baseball,” Kidd said.
Sometimes the only explanation is the love of the game.
“It’s nuts,” laughs Kidd. “But here we are. I love it.”