May 10, 2012

The Reds’ continuing efforts to get an All-Star game

During the 2012 Opening Day festivities, Cincinnati Reds’ CEO Bob Castellini spoke confidently that Cincinnati would be host to an All-Star game.

There hasn’t been any news on that front since then, so Enquirer reporter John Fay asked for an update.

“I wish I had something to announce,” [Phil Castellini] said. “The National League gets it every other year. We’ve applied for ’15, ’17, ’19. It’s one of those hurry-up-and-wait things.”

Great American Ball Park opened in 2003, so after 10 seasons, it can no longer be considered a new stadium. During the rash of new stadiums over the last decade and a half, securing a new stadium has seemed to always come with a chance to host the All-Star game. But not so for the Reds, for some reason.

Since [2003], U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Minute Maid Park in Houston, Comerica Park in Detroit, PNC Park in Pittsburgh, AT&T Park in San Francisco, Yankee Stadium in New York, Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., and Chase Field in Phoenix have hosted the game.

The St. Louis Cardinals have already hosted in their new stadium, and they opened after Great American. I’m not sure what gives, but it does seem like the Reds are being slighted. Hopefully, the news will be announced that they’ll be hosting in one of the years they applied for. At this point, it’s long overdue.

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