With the Midsummer Classic upon us, my love for the game of baseball and my brain get to plop on the futon in my apartment and relax for a few nights. By having the opportunity to write for this blog and have an established career in Professional Baseball, I have seen plenty of baseball being played. In a week’s time, I can now take a back seat and merely WATCH the game.
Although I am extremely excited for this years Classic, my opinions of the game certainly stay strong. Being conveniently located to the Washington, DC area for some time now and having attended plenty a Nationals game, I’ve always wondered, “”When will DC host the All Star Game?”
For those of you that don’t live within the area or haven’t has the chance to catch a game at Nationals Park, it is certainly a ballpark that has great potential. Located in the Navy Yard district of DC within steps of the nearest Metro stop, the park offers great views of the Capitol Building and Washington Monument all the while having a quality “city feel” to it. With concessions that mimic the DC eateries including the Bill Cosby favorite, Ben’s Chili Bowl, the ballpark is primed to play host to the Midsummer Classic.
As a Major League ballpark, the Nationals have done a tremendous job in making the atmosphere a family friendly and interactive environment. Bring the kids to make their very own Nationals Build-A-Bear or cheer on your favorite president in the ever famous Presidents Race. A spacious, open concourse allows for views from anywhere in the stadium while you tour the facility. A monumental look with their gray shaded concrete stature and concrete build, visiting Nationals Park is identical to walking the National Mall.
Nationals Park opened in 2008 to a team that has had its ups and downs but recently has hit its stride in producing a prominent future on the field. With the arrival of Stephen Strasburg last year, the signing of Jayson Werth, and the expected coming of Bryce Harper, there is no reason why the Nationals shouldn’t be hosting an All Star Game within 2 years.
Kauffman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals is penned to host the 2012 All Star Game for the 3rd time in its history. This move was predominantly fueled by the current renovations to the stadium and their new “Crown Vision.” With rumors swirling of Citi Field to become the 2013 host, this would be the 2nd time in 4 years New York City has held the All Star Game. I understand that it’s a new ballpark and its New York but quite frankly, DC is due.
Moving forward, Washington, DC is a prime place to host the Midsummer Classic for 2013.
Imagine the Washington Nationals having one of their best seasons in existence.
Imagine Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper being All Star starters.
Imagine Teddy winning the President Race.