While awaiting the recent Republican rumble, I stumbled on “Field of Dreams” – a old movie that I’d forgotten I liked so much.

I tuned in during the scene where Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner, looking as young and handsome as I once was) meets writer Terrence Mann (James Earl Jones) at Fenway Park.

Shortly thereafter, they meet up with (doctor) Archie “Moonlight” Graham, perfectly portrayed by Burt Lancaster. Graham laments the way baseball used to be: “When the grass was so green and the sky was so blue it hurt your eyes.”

Nostalgia? You bet – and plenty of it.

Don’t take this the wrong way, but I wanted to climb onto Dr. Graham’s lap. I’d ask him why in the world the world – not just baseball – just ain’t the way it used to be.

And why I was about to witness a debate/debacle featuring folks whose answer to problems is bombing the (bejesus) out of (whoever’s) in our way, regardless of “collateral damage.” Haven’t we’ve been doing that?

“Field of Dreams” is also about subscribing to something seemingly impossible and believing otherwise. Like electing Bernie Sanders. Or, like when folks label you, “Crazy, whacko – a fool!”

Be grateful for your naysayers. Because that’s what encourages me to get out of bed in the morning to just keep going. Recall that this is the movie where a whispering, unseen voice proclaims, “If you build it, they will come.” Because eventually, they will.

Perhaps, like us, you’ve been watching some warm holiday movies. Everything from “It’s a Wonderful Life” to “Elf” to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” But consider watching “Field of Dreams.” And bear in mind that New Year’s Day is only 94 days until Opening Day! May everything your field of dreams come true in 2016 – play ball!

Buddy Doyle

Gardiner