I remember attending the 2008 All-Star game at old Yankee Stadium and hearing everyone talk with absolute certainty that we'd be returning in New York in five years for the Midsummer Classic at Citi Field. Well, it only took about four years, but that take-it-to-the-bank assumption was finally made official on Wednesday with Major League Baseball sending out its save the dates with an afternoon press conference.
It's kind of hard to believe, but this will mark only the second time that the Mets have served as hosts for the event. The first time came in 1964 during the inaugural season of Shea Stadium and it featured a memorable ending as Philadelphia's Johnny Callison hit a three-run walk-off homer off Boston's Dick Radatz to cap a four-run bottom of the ninth for the National League in a 7-4 win.
I've embedded a cool highlight reel from that game below and you'll notice that it was played during the day. Hoping for a day All-Star game is a pipe dream in today's television culture — the last afternoon start occurred in 1969 — but it would still be kind of cool to see the novelty of the stars playing under the sun. Wouldn't it?