At the end of this season, Yoshitomo Tsutsuka, who played for the Major League Baseball Giants, completed the construction of the stadium at his own expense in his hometown of Wakayama Prefecture, and a commemorative ceremony was held on the 2nd, with him in attendance.
Tsutsuka, a native of Hashimoto City, Wakayama Prefecture, invested a total of about 2 million yen in the construction of a full-fledged baseball stadium for local children, which was completed in August.
The entire stadium is covered with the same type of natural grass used in the home stadium of the Major League Baseball Angels, and is fully equipped with a sub field and an indoor practice field.
On the 2nd, a ceremony was held to commemorate the completion of the stadium with Tsutsuka in attendance, and in front of the children of the local youth baseball team and their parents who use the stadium, he said, "I would like to develop human resources who can take responsibility for the future of children and play an active role in the world."
Next, Tsutsuka threw out the first pitch in a suit, and at the end of the ceremony, he gave advice to the children, saying, "In order to become a good baseball player, I want you to practice while observing the players around you."
A third-grade boy who participated said, "I want to be a player who can take a full swing and hit a lot of home runs like Tsutsuka."
After the ceremony, Tsutsuka said, "I don't think it's all about becoming a baseball player, but I want to send out people who can think for themselves and take action."