2013 All-Star Game in Citifield
It will officially be announced Wednesday, May 16 at 11:30 am EST by New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg that the New York Mets will host the 2013 MLB All-Star game. There have been talks of the Mets hosting the game now for over half a decade. When the Mets and Yankees declared their plans to build new stadiums for their respective teams, there was an agreement that the Yankees would host the 2008 All-Star game as a tribute to the final year of old Yankee Stadium and that the Mets would host in their new stadium the following year. Although the Mets didn’t host the next year as planned, it looks like they are getting what was owed.
The Mets have not been the host to the All-Star festivities since 1964, Shea Stadiums first year of existence. That game was full of future legends like Whitey Ford, Harmon Killebrew, Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Sandy Koufax, Willie Mays and many more. The game was won in dramatic fashion with the American League leading 4-3 going into the bottom of the 9th. That’s when the National League rallied behind a lead off walk to Willie Mays. A few plays later, the Phillies Johnny Callison came to the plate with the game tied 4-4 and two men on base with two outs. And boom, Callison blasted a walk-off home run and was named the 1964 All-Star game MVP. In 1964, Shea Stadium was considered a state of the art building and the fans were mesmerized by its beauty. Little did they know that it would soon be considered one of the uglier stadiums in baseball and referred to by some as a giant blue and orange toilet bowl. Luckily the new Citifield is an absolutely gorgeous, state of the art stadium, and the Mets will finally get to show it off to the Baseball world.
There are some huge advantages for a team to host the All-Star game, with the biggest one being the revenue that is brought in. If anyone has been following the Mets since the Bernie Madoff trials then you would know of their financial troubles. To make a long story short, the Mets are broke and they need money more than ever with their star player David Wright becoming a free agent. I think this game will be great for the Mets and I hope that they have some formidable players to represent their team in their own stadium.