When things are going good, they’re going good. As if winning the World Series wasn’t enough, the Cardinals received word from Commissioner Bud Selig that the 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be held at Busch Stadium.
Selig made the announcement during the Cardinals World Series celebration Monday night at the annual baseball writers banquet.
“One of the nicest parts of this job,” Selig said at the banquet, “is going from city to city, and it’s polite to say wherever I am that the city has great fans. But I’ll say again, this is a remarkable baseball town with really an extraordinary tradition. There can’t be a better baseball town in America. So I’m announcing tonight as a measure of our appreciation that in 2009 the All-Star Game will be played here.”
The announcement isn’t so much a surprise to Cardinals officials. Baseball executives told the Cardinals years ago that an All –Star Game would come to St. Louis if a new stadium was built in the city.
St. Louis hasn’t hosted an All-Star Game since 1966. Previous to that year, the All-Star Game came to the Gateway City in 1940, 1948, and 1957.