NEW YORK - APRIL 28: (FILE) A General view of the outside of Citi Field before the game between the New York Mets and the Florida Marlins on April 28 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. According to reports on January 30 2011 the 2013 All-Star Game is expected to be hosted by the New York Mets at Citi Field. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
The long and winding road to the 2013 MLB All-Star Game may lead to Citi Field after all.
Fred Wilpon spoke with the beat writers during the Mets' spring training practice at Port St. Lucie this morning and spoke openly about the midsummer classic's chances of coming to Flushing next year. Here's Fred Wilpon's All-Star comments as recapped via Twitter by David Lennon of Newsday:
Wilpon also said All-Star Game at Citi will be announced soon as financial details are worked out with city. #mets
Fred also said 2013 All-Star Game holdup is city/MLB-related but optimistic game coming.
This isn't exactly groundbreaking news as we already knew that the Mets and MLB are navigating the morass that is the bureaucracy of New York City government. However, it's significant in that we're hearing it from the horse's, err, Wilpon's mouth in what's been the most high-profile comment about the 2013 MLB All-Star game's home field. Even if you don't want the Wilpons calling the shots by next summer, you can't do anything about them being the ones handling the negotiating this summer.