8/24 2014 All-Star Game at Wrigley? It’s possible
MLB commissioner Bud Selig says playing the 2014 All-Star Game at Wrigley Field to celebrate the ballpark’s 100th anniversary is “appealing” but he was not ready to commit to Chicago as the host for the event. The 2012 All-Star Game will be played in Kansas City and Selig pointed out MLB has yet to reveal where the 2013 game will be held.
“I haven’t even announced ’13 yet, so let me announce ’13 and then we’ll go on from there,” Selig said. “When I first took over in 1992, you had to beg cities to take the All-Star Game. … Now they’re lined up and everybody’s fighting for them.”
Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts has talked to Selig about the possibility of having Wrigley Field host the game for the first time since 1990. Ricketts, whose family purchased the Cubs in October 2009, is beginning his search for a new general manager after dismissing Jim Hendry last Friday. Selig has had conversations with Ricketts about the process.
“He’s young, aggressive, [comes from] a great family,” Selig said of the Ricketts family. “People always said to me, ‘You know, the Cubs need a family owning this club and we need somebody we can identify with.’ We all understand that winning covers up a multitude of sins, someone taught me. I lived through all that myself so I’m well aware of that.
“I think Tom Ricketts and his family are off to an excellent start,” he said. “They have a lot of work to do, they know they have a lot of work to do. He and I have discussed all of this. And as great a franchise as this is, and this is a great franchise — and I don’t say that because I’m here — but there’s no question, Wrigley Field is one of the few places I go where I still get a thrill when I drive up here. Maybe it’s because of my own history.”
Selig said he made his first trip to Wrigley Field in 1944 and joked that the ballpark and neighborhood looked the same. For Wrigley to host the All-Star Game, there is work to do.
“I hope Tom will get the support he needs from all sectors here to make that happen,” Selig said. “This is a franchise that we need to be not only really competitive but economically viable. He’s got his work cut out for him. Is he the right guy to do it? You bet. I’m very confident in that.”
– Carrie Muskat