The Red Sox will celebrate Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary in 2012, and they are hoping to commemmorate their landmark ballpark’s birthday by hosting one of baseball’s signature events: the All-Star Game.
“We have made a request to [Major League Baseball officials] to have another All-Star Game at Fenway Park in light of the 100-year anniversary and all of the changes that have taken place,” Red Sox president and chief executive officer Larry Lucchino said Thursday.
Lucchino confirmed the franchise’s request to host another All-Star Game — preferably during 2012 — during a media availability session in which he discussed the changes that are being made at Fenway Park during the offseason.
Since the ownership group of John Henry, Tom Werner, and Lucchino purchased the team in 2002, the Red Sox have made upgrades to the ballpark each winter. The work is scheduled to be completed before the start of the 2012 season.
The 2009 All-Star Game is slated for St. Louis, and in 2010 it will be played at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. Sites have not been determined for 2011-2013.
The All-Star Game has been played at Fenway Park three times, most recently in 1999. That particular Midsummer Classic was a rousing success.
Ted Williams, who awed the current players who gathered around him during an emotional pregame ceremony, threw out the first pitch, while starting pitcher Pedro Martinez was named the Most Valuable Player after striking out five of the six batters he faced (Barry Larkin, Larry Walker, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, and Jeff Bagwell).
Fenway also hosted the All-Star Game in 1946 and 1961.