This week, YLC columnist Joel Sherwood went to check out a baseball game – in Stockholm. He brought his camera – and the kids…
A big day yesterday. My first baseball game in Sweden. Sundbyberg Heat against Leksand Lumberjacks. The girls helped me film a few clips from the evening.
It was not a close game, but it was way cool to see a group of people committed to playing the great sport that not many others in the country care much about. I feel like I’ve found some of my own tribe…
At the game, I got to talk to Sundbyberg Heat centerfielder Per Lindgren, to find out what it is like to play baseball in Sweden.
“It’s cold… but it’s a lot of fun,” he said.
Plenty of available seats
Lindgren is in his 25th year with the team. 25 years. Very cool dedication. I wanted to find out my chances to join the team.
“We have a very good policy; everybody can play – and the thing is, everyone CAN contribute to the game,”Lindgren said.
- The hitters used wooden bats – true pros!
- The crowd was not big, but this helped our chances to get a foul ball.
- The concession stand was closed for this game, the second of a doubleheader, so we went to a nearby gas station mid-game for ice cream.
- After the game, the players turned into the grounds crew and took care of the field for the night.
The game ended 21-2, with out-of-towners Leksand catching Sundbyberg on a down night. I have full faith the Heat will rise again, though…
Field of dreams
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