The Padres are asking to host an All-Star Game.
As a Padre fan I’d like to say: what the heck too so long? And don’t tell me that we got the World Baseball Classic instead, that is not a fair trade.
I can’t say I remember the 1978 Mid-Summer Classic (I was busy being born that month). I do remember the buzz created by the game in 1992. The team was pretty good that year and it was still in the divison race at that point. The Padres also sent 5 players to the game, including 3 starters (still a franchise record for highest totals in both categories). I can’t say the same thing will happen whenever the game comes back, but the point is: it will be special.
I’m sure the tourism people will rant and rave about the influx of tourists for the game, and that’s fine. But I don’t care. What matters is that San Diego will be the center of the baseball universe for 2 days. Petco Park will shine like the jewel it is. The Gaslamp will come alive with banners and posters promoting the game