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Mets are set to host 2013 Midsummer Classic

Citi Field. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

It is official, after many years of speculation and wondering the New York Mets have been awarded with the 2013 All-Star Game. Made official in a press conference at New York’s City Hall; as the Commissioner Bud Selig was joined by the Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg and the owner of the Mets Fred Wilpon.

This will be the second time that the Mets, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2012, will get to host the Midsummer Classic. Shea Stadium hosted the 1964 All-Star Game, a 7-4 National League victory, a game that featured 21 participating Hall of Famers.

Names such as Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Sandy Koufax, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays and Frank Robinson were all part of the game. New York has now has had the opportunity to host nine All-Star Games, which is 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,” Commissioner 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.”

Fred Wilpon had this to say of hosting, “Thanks to the efforts of Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Selig, it is a great honor for everyone at the Mets to host the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field.” Wilpon continued by saying, “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.”

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