Is The All-Star Game Headed Back To San Diego?
By Billy Brost
San Diego is one of the most beautiful cities in the country, and has been a retirement and vacation attraction for decades. It also plays home to the San Diego Padres, who haven’t quite been in the middle of a pennant race for almost a decade now. During the course of their history, San Diego and the Padres have been fortunate enough to host a pair of Midsummer Classics, better known as the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
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As new GM A.J. Preller looks to revamp a team that hits about as well as some quality American Legion teams, Mike Dee, the CEO who along with Ron Fowler help oversee the operations for the Padres, is attempting to get San Diego their third All-Star Game. In their previous hostings (1978, 1992), both events were considered highly successful. The ballpark, Petco Park, has also been in the American leg rotation of the World Baseball Classic.
Dee recently tweeted his thoughts on the Padres getting another opportunity to play host to the best baseball has to offer:
Major League Baseball determines which organizations and which venues will host the All-Star festivities, which include the Futures Game, the Home Run Derby and concluding with the All-Star Game. Some might think the Padres added a little extra to the consideration pot this past season when they dedicated the former Palm Court Plaza at Petco Park and renamed it in honor of outgoing Commissioner, Bud Selig.
Whether the renaming of the plaza was to prod MLB into handing over another All-Star Game to the Padres will never be known, but it sure can’t hurt. I mean, if you’re going to upset your fan base by honoring a man that has done NOTHING for the Padres as an organization, an All-Star Game isn’t a bad consolation prize. We’ll just have to wait and see!