The New York Times has a story about a new ballpark being built in the Netherlands, where baseball is on the rise. The problem: the folks in the Netherlands building the ballpark have certain needs and a certain budget but they’re also trying to lure some MLB exhibition games — or even regular season games — to the park at some point.
That means that they are working with MLB on certain standards for clubhouses, dugouts, grass and dirt. And that’s kind of a pain in the ezel:
Major League Baseball insisted on 400 square meters, about 4,300 square feet, per team. “For daily use, what’s the sense of that?” Mr. Broersen said, striding across the construction site, a hard hat bobbing on his head. “Or showers: I don’t need a shower room with 10 or 12 shower heads, but M.L.B. said, ‘I want it.’ ”
To Mr. Broersen I’d say the same thing I’d say to civic leaders in America: if MLB wants something make them friggin’ pay for it.