Red Sox Fans Wanted 2012 MLB All-Star Game In Boston

MLB Commissioner awarded the 2012 All-Star Game to Kansas City on Wednesday.

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PHOTOS: The Last All-Star Game In Kansas City

The Kansas City Star has a very cool photo gallery of the last All-Star Game in Kansas City -- 37 years ago in 1973. Here are a few of my favorites. You can view the full gallery at the Star.

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Confirmed: Royals' Kauffman One Of The Better Looking Stadiums

I passed along a note from Deadspin earlier indicating that Kauffman Stadium was not a good-looking stadium.

Of course, that was one man's opinion and I had a dozen more with very different opinions.

Here's a shot of Kauffman tonight:

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Is this a cool looking stadium? I think so. Those fountains look sweet.

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2010 MLB All-Star Game In Kansas City: The Backlash Begins

The backlash against a small city like Kansas City hosting the 2012 All-Star Game is beginning. Boston, another one of the teams in the running, obviously thinks they should've been the pick. And that's fine. They made good points.

But then there's this from Deadspin:

All-Star Games should be about either showcasing shiny new stadiums, or beautiful old ones. And while Kauffman may be old (it already hosted an All-Star Game in 1973), it's far from beautiful, or historic. Take a look at the Wikipedia section on Kauffman Stadium's history. It jumps directly from "Royals win the World Series in 1985" to "Bud Selig announces it will host the 2012 All-Star Game."

"Far from beautiful"....Unfortunately, this holds little weight. Take a look at what others have said about Kauffman. It's been received very, very well.

From a stadium review on The Globe and Mail:

I'm not sure what, if anything, I was hoping to find when I embarked on this, the baseball road trip of a lifetime. But while standing behind Kauffman Stadium's famous right field water spectacular, one month into my travels, staring out on to the pristine field where the Kansas City Royals were hosting the Cleveland Indians I couldn't help but shake the feeling that I'd found what I was looking for; that I had, in some way, made it home. Because Kauffman Stadium, "The K" as she's called by the locals, took my breath away. She left me feeling that within her confines is exactly where the game of baseball was meant to be played.

Jason Kendall:

"We've got the perfect ballpark for it," Kendall said. "It's the most gorgeous ballpark in the game."

Willie Bloomquist:

"The city's obviously bid for that pretty often, I would think, and to get it is a tribute to the way they've upgraded the stadium here.

Bret Saberhagen:

"I didn't even recognize it this year when I was there for Zack Greinke's Cy Young Award," Saberhagen said. "Everything had changed, from the clubhouse to the exterior to the stadium club. When I walked through the glass doors, it was like walking into the Taj Mahal."

Mike Sweeney:

"There were so many guys with the Mariners this year that had never been to Kansas City, and they were raving about the clubhouse, the stadium and the field and just how awesome the city of Kansas City is -- the Plaza, the restaurants, the barbecue," Sweeney said.

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Red Sox Fans Were Hoping They Could Get The 2012 All-Star Game, Not Kansas City

It appears as if the Red Sox fans now have sour grapes regarding the site of the 2012 MLB All-Star Game. If you'll recall, the Royals beat the Red Sox (take every opportunity I can to say that) in the race for the site of the 2012 game.

And Randy Booth of SB Nation's Over The Monster disagrees with it.

Major League Baseball "rewarded" the Royals for their stadium upgrades, yes. No one is arguing this. In fact, it's pretty standard operating procedure across all professional sports leagues.

Why?

Because they like it when teams invest money into their stadiums. This is good for business. Good for the game. The Red Sox agreed with this just before, coincidentally, the 1999 All-Star Game when they proposed creating a new Fenway Park citing the "economic obsolescence" of Fenway as the reason. They understood.

Apparently, Red Sox nation now doesn't think awarding the All-Star Game to cities (such as Kansas City) that have put a significant amount of money into their stadiums is a good idea.

As a Kansas Citian, of course I disagree with Red Sox fans on this one.

The investment into the stadium is enough of a reason for MLB Commissioner Bud Selig to award the Royals the game, but, from a Kansas City perspective, there are a few more.

Last time the Royals hosted an All-Star Game? 1973. The only longer wait is the Mets, who haven't hosted since 1964. (By the way, the rumor is that the Mets will get the 2013 game). I hate to pull out the "They deserve it!" line, but Kansas City waited for this longer than all but one team.

And how about a little love for an old-school team like the Royals? They didn't sell their naming rights to a realty company. They kept with the tradition that those in Fenway Park seem to love.

Speaking of naming rights ... Kauffman Stadium? Named after the Royals former owner whose legacy still has a presence in the Kansas City community. I think recognizing stadiums named after quality owners -- such as Mr. Kauffman -- is a good move by the league.

(Editor's note: Community, Boston. You know, where you know your neighbors and talk to people on the block? I kid, I kid...)

And then there's...

Before the 2012 season even starts, the fact that Fenway Park is 100 years old is going to get blasted into our faces like man just landed on the moon. We will hear about this every day from the first day of spring training until the last game at Fenway Park (preferably in November). We will see the "100th Anniversary" logo on every pre-game show, in-game advertisement and post-game recap. We will not be able to escape this piece of information.

And if the MLB was hitched to it with the All-Star Game, they wouldn't be able too, either. This is something they would love.

So, do you take the big event and make it marginally bigger or do you spread the wealth in order to maximize your revenue? We all know Major League Baseball is all about the money so I suspect money was a major factor in this ... and they chose Kansas City. That should tell you something about the economic viability of a Kansas City All-Star Game.

It will be excitement then the All-Star Game then no excitement -- back to the normal every day life for Kansas City.

Unless you're planning on coming to Kansas City two weeks before the All-Star Game and staying for two weeks after, I'm not sure how or why this applies. Major League Baseball is very good at creating a buzz around All-Star Week -- week, not two or three weeks -- so it's hard to think they won't do the same here. Besides, the Red Sox were struggling the week before their 1999 All-Star Game (losers of five of six games) and the week and a half after (losers of six of nine). The excitement they talk about is created by winning and the Red Sox weren't winning in that all-so-important week before and after the All-Star Game.

Do I see the point Red Sox fans are trying to make? Sure, I see it. I just happen to strongly disagree, which isn't shocking considering I'm from Kansas City.

Don't worry, Royals fans. This isn't the first time we've heard a Boston fan complaining about little 'ol Kansas City beating out Boston and I suspect it won't be the last.

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Selig Says MLB All-Star Game Will Bring $70 Million To Kansas City, $4 Million To Local Charities

Good news, Kansas City.

"It is estimated that revenues from the Midsummer Classic will amount to $70 million to Kansas City and its environs," Selig said.

He later estimated the local charities would benefit by $4 million or more.

Previous estimates were around $65 million so I think we're in the ball park.

There are also expected to be over 15,000 folks coming from out of town as well as 2,500 media members.

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Mike Sweeney Plans To Be At 2012 MLB All-Star Game In Kansas City

A very familiar name to Royals fans plans to be in attendance at the 2012 MLB All-Star Game....probably not as a player though.

"My thought was, 'Well, chances are I won't be playing in 2012, but I'd like to be at that game,'" Mike Sweeney said by phone from Seattle.

Sweeney, now with the Mariners, said his teammates were very impressed with not just Kauffman Stadium but everything Kansas City has to offer.

"For many years I called Kansas City home and for it to be recognized for the All-Star Game, I'm already making plans for July 2012," he said.

"Hopefully, we'll see Zack Greinke or Billy Butler or Joakim Soria in the game. Or Mike Moustakas, you never know."

Ah, it's good to hear Sweeney's heart is still in the right place.

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Joakim Soria On 2012 MLB All-Star Game: 'I Hope To Be In That Game'

Joakim Soria missed out on the All-Star Game in 2009 but he was there for it in 2008 in New York. So his thoughts on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game coming to Kauffman Stadium?

"I hope to be in that game," Soria said.

I can think of a few Royals fans that would agree with that.

Meanwhile, other Royals players reacted to the news. Royals catcher Jason Kendall, for example, knows who signs his checks.

"We've got the perfect ballpark for it," Kendall said. "It's the most gorgeous ballpark in the game."

Yeah, as a Kansas Citian I'm biased, but he's got a legitimate argument there.

Scott Podsednik recognized the real reasons the All-Star Game is a big deal: Money and putting Kansas City in the center of the baseball world....for a weekend at least.

"It's good for the organization, it's good for the city," Podsednik said. "It's going to be exciting. Any time you can hold an all-star event in any sport, it means nothing but good things for the city, the economy, for lots of things. There hasn't been any playoff baseball here since, what, 1985? So I think it'll give the fans something to come and get excited about come midseason 2012."

These quotes are coming courtesy of Dick Kaegel of MLB.com and they're further proof that the 2012 MLB All-Star Game was the worst-kept secret in town. Bud Selig made the official announcement at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday evening and by 7:11 p.m. MLB.com had posted quotes from half-a-dozen players....while they were in the dugout during a rain delay.

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Bill Simmons Mocks KC All Star Game

Bill Simmons, ESPN's Sports Guy, used his twitter to mock Major League Baseball's decision to grant Kansas City the 2012 All Star Game.

Yeah!!!! Four days in Kansas City in mid-July when it's 110 degrees!!!!! Who's in??? http://tinyurl.com/2bpp6jsless than a minute ago via web

 

Coincidentally, Simmons's hometown of Boston was one of the finalists being considered by Commissioner Bud Selig for the game, according to the Associated Press.

There was competition, especially from Boston, where Fenway Park will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2012.

"In the '90s, you had to beg somebody to take the game. Now I've got a list of teams, and every time I award one there are some people, and I know who they are, who are mad," Selig said. "That's all right. They'll get over it. I don't spend a lot of time worrying about those things anymore."

He said he agreed that the Red Sox, who hosted the 1999 game, had "very interesting reasons."

Boston's loss will be Kansas City's gain. Selig said he expects the weekend to generate $70 million for the local economy.

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Bud Selig Makes It Official: 2012 MLB All-Star Game Coming To Kansas City

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig made it official announcing Kansas City would be hosting the 2012 All-Star Game.

Selig made the announcement at Kauffman Stadium Wednesday night.

"The competition among our 30 clubs to play host to an all-star game has become incredibly competitive in recent years," Selig said.

As SB Nation's Royals Review suggested, it's more like the Royals bought this All-Star Game with the renovation done to Kauffman stadium.

Also in attendance was Mayor Mark Funkhouser (he received the least amount of applause) and Royals Hall of Famer John Mayberry.

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MLB All-Star Game Coming To Town And Royals Fans Will Celebrate With Hot Dogs

Need motivation to go to the Royals game tonight? Other than that, you know, "major announcement" from Bud Selig.

A team rep announced yesterday that all fans attending the game would be eligible for one free hot dog.

The MLB All-Star Game announcement is coming and the Royals motivation is.....a hot dog.

Marketing at its best, folks.

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2012 All-Star Game: Royals Beat The Red Sox At Something

The Royals and Red Sox were the two teams reportedly in the mix for hosting the 2012 MLB All-Star Game.

We know by now that the Royals won that battle and they probably deserve it.

MLB likes to award stadiums that are new or completing renovations. Kauffman received a $250 million facelift which is the reason they're getting the game.

Boston last hosted the game in 1999. Kansas City has hosted it in 1960 and 1973.

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Bud Selig Announcement At Royals Game Being Carried Live

The announcement from MLB Commissioner Bud Selig that is expected to be the awarding of the 2012 All-Star Game to Kansas City will come at 5:00 p.m.

You will also be able to view the announcement live on FOX Sports Kansas City.

For you internet folk, you can view at their website as well.

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Royals Will Tweak Batting Practice Schedule To Make Room For Bud Selig's Announcement

The Royals will have an announcement from MLB Commissioner Bud Selig at 5:00 p.m. this evening. The Royals technically aren't confirming anything except for a "major announcement" but Selig is in town to award the 2012 All-Star Game to Kansas City.

That means an estimated $65 million for the city.

It also means the Royals will have to tweak their schedule to accommodate the announcement.

Turns out the announcement, which is scheduled to take place at 5 p.m., also will alter the Royals’ typical pregame routine. Royals manager Ned Yost said that instead of taking batting practice at 5 p.m. like normal, the Royals will have a shortened session from 5:30 to 6 and the Astros will follow with a 30-minute session of their own.

The gates are usually open at 5:30 p.m. but they'll open an hour earlier for the announcement.

For more on the Royals, check out SB Nation's Royals Review.

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Kansas City All-Star Game: Bud Selig Press Conference Set For 5:00 PM Wednesday

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig will be in town on Wednesday to make what the Royals have dubbed a "major announcement' at a 5:00 p.m. press conference.

The Kansas City Star first reported last July that MLB would award the 2012 All-Star Game to Kansas City.

It appears as if that will become official tomorrow evening.

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Royals Confirm 'Major Announcement' On Wednesday

The Royals confirmed to FOX 4 Kansas City that Commissioner Bud Selig will be in town on Wednesday.

Toby Cook with the Royals confirmed that MLB commissioner Bud Selig will be in Kansas City on June 16 for a "major announcement" at Kauffman Stadium before the Royals vs. Astros game that night. Cook said the gates will open at 4:30 p.m. that night so fans who have tickets can come in and watch the announcement.

Also expected to be there? The Kansas City mayor.

So, I wonder what the "major announcement" will be...

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Bud Selig Will Be In Town Wednesday To Award Kansas City 2012 MLB All-Star Game

Kauffman Stadium better put its best suit: The MLB All-Star Game is coming to town.

In a story the Kansas City Star first reported last July, Commissioner Bud Selig will be in town Wednesday to formally award Kansas City the 2012 MLB All-Star Game.

Major League Baseball promised Kansas City an All-Star Game if it passed the major renovations to Kauffman Stadium that opened last year. It will be an international showcase of Kansas City, so city and Royals officials have long been deep into logistics such as transportation and entertainment.

Why is this a big deal to Kansas Citians?

Because the impact is expected to be $65 million pumped into the city. Over 15,000 fans are expected to travel from out of town -- get those hotel rooms ready! --and 2,500 media members.

Kansas City had a failed ballot initiative in 2006 that would have guaranteed them the 2015 Super Bowl pending the passage of a rolling roof. Of course, the roof did not pass and no Super Bowl was awarded.

This will be the first major sporting event in Kansas City since the 1988 Final Four.

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