Well, this time it’s the Marlins’ turn to get fooled. As confirmed by MLB.com, Bud Selig announced that Cincinnati is the host city for the 2015 All-Star Game.
That kills the momentum, imagined or otherwise, for Marlins Park as the obvious choice, or at least as a co-leader with Nationals Park in Washington. Marlins President David Samson dangled that potential prize whenever possible over the last five years, but it was in 2010 that he made it seem an unspoken agreement was in place.
“It has not been confirmed yet,” Samson told a FanFest gathering at Sun Life Stadium, “but if you thought to yourself, ‘We will host the All-Star Game in 2015,’ you would probably not be misleading yourself.”
If specific pronouncements like that were being shouted into a microphone, what do you think Miami’s elected officials were being told behind closed doors as they wrestled with the question of devoting millions of public dollars to a new stadium for Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria?