Major League Baseball plans to award the 2013 All-Star Game to Citi Field. Still, an official announcement may not come for a few months, a baseball official said Saturday.
MLB announced the 2012 All-Star Game going to Kansas City in June of last year.
At last year's All-Star Game, commissioner Bud Selig told me, in explaining the decision to have old Yankee Stadium play host to the event in 2008, in the final year of that ballpark, and whether Citi Field also merited a game:
"We went back to Yankee Stadium because it was the last year of what I believe was the most famous cathedral in American sports, and maybe the world," Selig said. "And I think it was appropriate to honor. Frankly, to be candid with you too, I did it because of George [Steinbrenner]. But the Mets have built a great new ballpark and, yes, they deserve an All-Star Game."
The Mets played host to their lone All-Star Game in 1964, the year Shea Stadium opened. That year, the National League beat the American League, 7-4. A four-run ninth inning was highlighted by a game-ending homer by Philadelphia's Johnny Callison against Boston's Dick Radatz.
Mets second baseman Ron Hunt, who became the first Mets player to start an All-Star Game, went 1-for-3. Hank Aaron then replaced him as a pinch-hitter.