Mets awarded 2013 All-Star game
The New York Mets were awarded Major League Baseball’s 2013 All-Star Game and will host the 84th Midsummer Classic at Citi Field, tentatively scheduled for July 16, 2013. Commissioner Bud Selig was joined by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Mets Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Fred Wilpon for Wednesday's official annoucement at City Hall.
The 2013 All-Star Game will mark the second time that the Mets, commemorating their 50th anniversary in 2012, will host the Midsummer Classic. Shea Stadium hosted the 1964 All-Star Game, a 7-4 National League victory that featured 21 participating Hall of Famers, including Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Sandy Koufax, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays and Frank Robinson, as well as MLB’s Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations, Joe Torre. It will be the ninth All-Star Game in history to be played in New York City, the most of any host city.
“As we celebrate the franchise’s golden anniversary this year, I am pleased to award the 2013 All-Star Game to the New York Mets and their loyal fans," Selig said. "We are delighted to bring the Midsummer Classic to Citi Field, a wonderful ballpark that has carried on the remarkable National League tradition in New York City. The Mets will be superb hosts to next summer’s greatest sporting event.”
"Thanks to the efforts of Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Selig, it's a great honor for everyone at the Mets to host the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field," Wilpon said. "Mets fans and all people in the New York tri-state area and beyond will have the opportunity to take part in the events that Major League Baseball will bring to New York."
“Next year’s All-Star Game is going to demonstrate once again that there’s no place like New York for world-class sporting events,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “Major League Baseball clearly recognizes this, since they’re bringing the All-Star Game back to New York for the second time in just five years.”
The Yankees hosted the 2008 Midsummer Classic during the final season of the original Yankee Stadium. Staying in the present year, Bloomberg is hoping New York will host another baseball event.
''I'm counting on a Subway Series this year,'' he said.