Like many of you, I’m starting to get the itch for baseball. And after hearing this news, I’ve got baseball chicken pox:
John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that the 2015 MLB All-Star Game will be played at Great American Ball Park.
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig will be in the Queen City on Wednesday, Jan. 22, to announce a donation to MLB’s newest Urban Youth Academy in Cincinnati. According to Fay’s sources, Selig is also expected to make the All-Star Game announcement.
The Reds have not hosted the game since 1988, when the American League won a 2-1 snoozer. Of course, that was at Riverfront Stadium, so this game will be the first at Great American Ball Park.
This is a subject that I’ve touched on before, and personally, I couldn’t be more excited about it. I was born in 1989, so I missed the last All-Star game in Cincy. I can’t wait to see what the game’s best sluggers can do in a hitter’s haven like GABP at the Home Run Derby.
The Bengals have been to the playoffs three of the last four years, and the Reds have made the playoffs two of the last three and are widely expected to be World Series contenders this season. Cincinnati is thriving as a sports town for the first time in a long time. It has always been considered a great baseball town, but fan support has been dormant for most of the last two decades. Although it is starting to heat up with the last two playoff appearances, hosting an All-Star game can really help ignite passion in a fanbase.
I’m excited for our ball park to take center stage, and I can’t wait until tickets go on sale.