(AP) - The 2023 season will mark the beginning of a new era
of baseball in Sweden. The Stockholm
Swedes have been in Stockholm for ten years now and the
old Stockholm Field just wasnt holding up. Team owner
Michael Barton began a push to build a new stadium, and the
support he got was tremendous. The last major contributor
just stepped forward with a $25 million pledge that includes
naming rights, and that donor was none other than Swedes hitting
instructor Jose Cruz Jr. So opening day this season in Stockholm
will have a special touch to it as the Swedes will play their
first game in the brand new CruzDome.
state of the art facility will allow the Swedes to play in
a climate controlled facility and relieve some of the stress
involved in trying to play an 81 game home schedule in such
a wet climate. The CruzDome will have a sliding roof that
will open on nice days but allow the Swedes to close when
the threat of rain is near.
players response to the new stadium has been pure joy.
1b Hank Greenberg said, "The CruzDome is the main reason
I came back for another season. I cant wait to play
in an indoor climate controlled facility. Trying to hit here
in Sweden in April and May can be pretty brutal, so Im
glad I wont have to go through that this year. With
this lineup and the short dimensions of this field (328-L,
375-LC, 400-C, 375-RC, 328-R) I think some teams will be surprised
by our offense."
everyone was completely sold on the stadium yet though. Several
unnamed Swedes Pitchers were reported as saying, "I wish
they would have made it a little bit bigger to be honest...
I feel like Im pitching on a little league field...
This really makes no sense. We have one of the better pitching
staffs in the league and a below average offense, but when
they build a new stadium they bring the fences in as close
as they can to help out the offense and totally screw the
Ernie Banks has this to say, "There are going to be some
changes this year for sure. Our pitchers are going to have
to learn to get more groundballs, because fly ball outs last
year will be homeruns this year. On the other hand we have
a lot of power hitters who had so many of warning track fly
ball outs last year and a lot of those will be homeruns this
year, so it will even out in the end."