Source: Citi Field to get All-Star Game

Updated: January 30, 2011, 1:13 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

Major League Baseball plans to award the 2013 All-Star Game to Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Still, an official announcement may not come for a few months, a baseball official said Saturday.

MLB announced the 2012 All-Star Game going to Kansas City in June of last year.

"We went back to Yankee Stadium because it was the last year of what I believe was the most famous cathedral in American sports, and maybe the world," commissioner Bud Selig told ESPNNewYork.com at last year's All-Star Game. "And I think it was appropriate to honor. Frankly, to be candid with you too, I did it because of George [Steinbrenner]. But the Mets have built a great new ballpark and, yes, they deserve an All-Star Game."

The Mets played host to their lone All-Star Game in 1964, the year Shea Stadium opened. That year, the National League beat the American League, 7-4. A four-run ninth inning was highlighted by a game-ending homer by Philadelphia's Johnny Callison against Boston's Dick Radatz.

Mets second baseman Ron Hunt, who became the first Mets player to start an All-Star Game, went 1-for-3. Hank Aaron then replaced him as a pinch-hitter.

Adam Rubin covers the Mets for ESPNNewYork.com. You can follow him on Twitter.

Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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