Baseball in Sweden!

by Joel Sherwood


A big day yesterday. My first baseball game in Sweden. 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.

Field of dreams

Field of dreams

Plenty of seats available

Plenty of seats available

Game notes:

-The hitters used wooden bats - true pros!

-The crowd was not big, but this helped our chances to get a foul ball;

Our foul ball!

Our 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;

-I was able to speak with Sundbyberg Heat centerfielder Per Lindgren, who is in his 25th year with the team. 25 years. Very cool dedication;

-Sundbyberg is a suburb of Stockholm, and the ballpark was a 10-minute drive from our apartment. I have no excuse not going there before;

-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.

This story was also published at Your Living City.