(Long Island, NY) For the first time since 1964, the New York Mets will host the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. That summer 39 years ago, Shea Stadium was a brand new ballpark and its tenant was by far a second-division club. Citi Field is not in its inaugural campaign, but is still fairly new in comparison to some other stadiums. And the same holds true for the Mets, who are once again a non-playoff contender and borderline doormat of the National League.
But don’t hang your heads, fans of the blue and orange! You have as many All-Stars as those hated crosstown Yankees (for now).
When the Senior Circuit takes the field next Tuesday, David Wright will be in his familiar position at third base and Robinson Cano will be waiting to hit one by him. Both were voted in by the fans as starters and it is still up in the air of the other Mets representative, ace Matt Harvey, will be on the hill when the first pitch is thrown.
“Thank you for all of your support,” Wright says in a video posted on the Mets official website. “It will be an honor to represent the Mets as the starting third baseman at this year’s All-Star Game in New York City. Thanks again and I will see you all at Citi Field on Tuesday, July 16 for the 84th annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game.”
We know that Mariano Rivera (the second Bronx Bomber to earn a roster spot) will be in the bullpen hoping for a save opportunity. The winning league gets home field advantage in the World Series, and the Yankees always have a long vision throughout October. “It’s wonderful to be named an All-Star again, especially with the game being here in New York,” Rivera said in a team-released statement. “New York fans are the best and they deserve it. I know that they will put on a great show and hopefully we’ll do a good job.”
Cano recognizes the importance of not only the game’s location, but also how he was voted in amidst some quality competition at his position. “There’s a lot of great second baseman in the American League and I am thankful for the fans voting and appreciating the way that I’ve been playing this year. It makes it that much more special that the game and the events surrounding it are being held here in New York City.”
Rivera’s set-up man, David Roberston, has been very effective thus far and is in the running for the ‘Final Vote’ campaign, and may very well find himself working during the break after all.
“I feel excited and hopeful that I’ll be selected to go to my second All-Star Game,” he said. “I know there are four other guys in the mix, but hopefully I can get enough votes.”
All eyes will be on New York during this year’s Mid-Summer Classic and both teams will be well represented. Feels like 1964 all over again.
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