Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 8/29/12
MINNEAPOLIS Baseball owed this one to Minnesota. And really, it owed it to itself.There are lots of beautiful ballparks across the nation. There are lots of beautiful new ballparks across the nation. There are so many other reasons to host the All-Star Game, from the sheer aesthetics to an anniversary to a simple "it's our turn" mentality, and really, Minnesota shouldn't be surprised that it took so long.In Minnesota, they're accustomed to waiting. They waited through years of uncertainty about their team that included the option of it being bought by Major League Baseball and contracted in 2001. They waited through the minutiae and bureaucracy of a stadium debate that culminated, finally, in a bill being signed in 2006.They stuck it out for two more seasons in the Metrodome, capping a 28-year stay in a bubble they came to hate, and for that, they deserve this game.I will fully admit that I'm a reluctant Minnesotan, a wimp in the face of cold winters, a lover of abject humidity. I'...
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