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)
One way or another, we can now breathe easier in knowing that there will be All Stars at Citi Field next season.
Major League Baseball confirmed Wednesday morning that our New York Mets will host the 2013 MLB All-Star Game in Flushing next July. The announcement took place at City Hall on Wednesday morning as Mr. Met conceded the microphone to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and MLB Commissioner Bud Selig among other baseball dignitaries to confirm what's long been speculated as the preferred venue for next year's Midsummer Classic.
Seriously, he did. Take a look (via @sbnation):
Beaurcratic silliness likely caused the delay in the announcement, as navigating New York City policies and procudures for this scale of event can drive the average person mad. One thing that did not cause concern for Selig was the Wilpons' dire financial straits in recent months.
"I have great faith in the Wilpons and the family and I was very confident they would work things out, and they have. I had no trepidation at all," Selig said.
The announcement means that the Mets will host the All-Star Game for the first time since Shea Stadium's inaugural season in 1964. With the Kansas City Royals hosting the big game this summer, the Los Angeles Dodgers now take over the mantle as the team with the longest All Star drought after last hosting the game in 1980.
The game itself should also put an exclamation point on what will hopefully be a wild year in New York sports in 2013,with the Yankees being the Yankees, the Brooklyn Nets coming to fruition, revitalized local sports teams with the Knicks, Rangers and Devils, and WrestleMania XXIX coming to MetLife Stadium next April and Super Bowl XXLVIII taking place there at the end of the 2013 NFL season. (And, hey, Islanders tickets are still cheap.)
The official press release is after the jump for those of you who are into that sort of thing.
NEW YORK METS AWARDED THE 2013 ALL-STAR GAME
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