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MLB announces Mets as 2013 All-Star host
“Thanks for bringing your boss along,” Bloomberg said to the mascot. “Does he pay you well?”
After more than three years of trouble on and off the field, the Mets feel things are looking up.
The Mets last hosted the All-Stars in 1964, the year Shea Stadium opened, when Johnny Callison’s three-run homer capped a four-run ninth inning and gave the NL a 7-4 win. The game was last in New York in 2008, the final season of the old Yankee Stadium, when the AL won 4-3 in 15 innings.
On the field, the Mets have had losing records in each of their first three seasons at Citi Field. Off the field, their finances were paralyzed by the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme. In March the team’s ownership group agreed to pay up to $162 million to the trustee recovering money for the victims.
“I said to Bud in the car, `Now that this case is over _ and it was very painful, and I don’t want to get into that, it’s in the rearview mirror now _ there are no challenges in life for me,’” Wilpon said. “I can take any challenge.”
After the news conference, Wilpon also modified his comment about third baseman David Wright. The owner was quoted in May 2011 in The New Yorker saying “a really good kid. A very good player. Not a superstar.”
With Wright now hitting a major league-leading .408, Wilpon said: “I think he’s playing like a superstar right now.”
“I have great faith in the Wilpons and the family and I was very confident that they would work things out, and they have,” Selig said. “So my confidence was rewarded, and here we are announcing the All-Star game. I have no trepidation at all.”
With the All-Star game returning to New York, Mets executive vice president David Howard said a jump in ticket prices is likely to levels comparable with those at Yankee Stadium. Prices were raised to $150-$725 for 2008, then cut to $100-$360 for the following year in St. Louis. Tickets cost $125-$450 for this year in Kansas City.
“The economy is rebounding,” Howard said.
Bloomberg said the game and surrounding events will have a $191 million impact on the city’s economy. The New York area also will host the Super Bowl in short succession, with the NFL’s title game played on Feb. 2, 2014, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
By John R. Bolton
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