When Oriole Park at Camden Yards was still young, in 1993, it hosted an All-Star Game. Other than the part where Cito Gaston didn't put Mike Mussina into the game (Cito sucks!) it was all a good time. Now an elder statesman among baseball stadiums, Camden Yards might get its time in the spotlight once again. There have been periodic but persistent rumors that the O's were a contender to land the 2016 All-Star Game. According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the O's are now the "leading contenders" to host that game.
It's a surprise in the sense that the All-Star Game has often been used in recent years to showcase a new stadium. Indeed, that's how Camden Yards hosted its first All-Star Game. There are many newer stadiums now, but it's Camden Yards that still has that ageless quality to it.
It's also a surprise since the Orioles are kind of in the middle of a lawsuit against MLB right now. Maybe an All-Star Game would be part of the price for Peter Angelos to give up his warpath. Maybe they'll eventually threaten him with taking it away if he doesn't give up. Maybe these things are entirely unconnected.
The 2015 All-Star Game will be held in Cincinnati. Baseball typically alternates between AL and NL parks.
Did you get to go to the 1993 All-Star Game? Would you want to see another one here in Baltimore? Whether or not you went, what was your favorite memory from the game?
To tell you the truth, I never absorbed the Gaston snub at the time because I had to go to bed before it happened. What I'll always remember from that game is John Kruk facing Randy Johnson.