Finally, something for Mets fans to get excited over.
The franchise, laden with financial woes and poor results on the field, is on deck to score the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field, according to published reports.
Plans are “already in the works” to roll out the Midsummer Classic at the Queens ballpark, SI.com reported. The only other time the Mets have hosted the game was 1964, Shea Stadium’s first year.
New Yorkers last saw baseball’s best compete in the city when Yankee Stadium hosted the event in 2008.
If true, it would be some much-needed good news for the chronically troubled franchise.
On Friday, the New York Times reported that Mets owner Fred Wilpon could be on the hook for as much as $1 billion for his investment in Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. A court-appointed trustee, who is trying to recover money for Madoff’s victims, claims the team made almost $48 million in the scandal.
The Wilpon family says they could sell 20 percent to 25 percent of their majority ownership to raise money for the Madoff-related litigation.
“The Mets problems are multilayered right now,” said Wayne McDonnell, associate professor of sports management at NYU. “Mets fans need something to look forward to, and having the 2013 All-Star Game would be a magical event.”
Major League Baseball, however, wasn’t confirming yesterday which ballpark will nab the game in two years. That announcement “may not come for a few months,” according to ESPN New York.
A Mets spokesman wouldn’t comment on the report.