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Major League Baseball, the New York Mets and New York City on Tuesday unveiled the official logo of the 2013 All-Star Game, which will be played at Citi Field on Tuesday, July 16th.
Those in attendance for unveiling at Citi Field, before the Club’s evening game against the Miami Marlins, included Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon; Major League Baseball’s Executive Vice President, Business, Timothy Brosnan; the First Deputy Mayor of New York City, the Honorable Patricia E. Harris; Mets manager Terry Collins, who was a National League coach at this year’s All-Star Game in Kansas City; three Mets All-Stars: six-time Midsummer Classic participant David Wright, 2012 N.L. All-Star knuckleballer R.A. Dickey and four-time All-Star left-hander Johan Santana; and former Mets All-Stars Ron Darling, John Franco, Dwight Gooden and Keith Hernandez.
Fred Wilpon, CEO of the Mets, said: “We look forward to our fans, all New Yorkers and baseball fans from across the country enjoying the series of events celebrating baseball’s best leading up to the Midsummer Classic.”
“Major League Baseball hit a home run when they chose to hold the 2013 All-Star Game in New York City,” said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. “Incorporating our city’s iconic skyline into the logo highlights that the game will be played on the world’s biggest stage.”
The announcement of the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field took longer than expected due to the logistics around planning, not due to the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scandal, as some had speculated. While landing the All-Star Game is a big win for the Mets, it doesn’t translate well to the bottom line. Nearly all proceeds for the All-Star Game go back to the league as central revenue, including the All-Star Game, Home Run Derby and Futures Game.
The 2013 All-Star Game will mark the second time that the Mets, who are 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 and Willie Mays, as well as two of MLB’s Executive Vice Presidents, Frank Robinson and Joe Torre. (Highlights of the 1964 All-Star Game at Shea Stadium are available here, courtesy of MLB Productions: http://atmlb.com/JjiQ9W.)
This will mark a record ninth time that the All-Star Game has been hosted in New York City.
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