Denver Lands MLB All Star Game This Summer
After Major League Baseball decided to pull the mid-summer classic from Atlanta because of the passing of a controversial voting registration bill, Governor Polis and the state of Colorado were one of several states to seriously push for the All-Star Game and its festivities.
According to the Associated Press, the MLB All-Star Game will be moving to Denver's Coors Field in July. While we're still uncertain about what kind of attendance will be allowed inside the stadium, at least for opening weekend, Coors Field was allowed up to 42% capacity (around 21,000) for their series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Often the highlight of the All-Star festivities, The Home Run Derby should be pretty awesome with the thin air here in Colorado. There should be some pretty good moon-shots, too, reminding us of when Ken Griffey Jr. won it at Coors Field in 1998 by beating Jim Thome.
The last time the All-Star Game was in Denver, the American League won 13-8 and, even though there were 21 runs scored in the contest, surprisingly...there were only 3 home runs hit. Barry Bonds went yard along with Alex Rodriguez and Roberto Alomar, the Baltimore second baseman who was selected the MVP.
Colorado was represented in that All-Star Game by Dante Bichette, Vinny Castilla, Larry Walker and coach Don Baylor.
And just for the record, Bichette’s son, Bo, is a shortstop for Toronto. How cool would it be if he made this year’s All-Star Game?
Another fun tidbit to think about is that recently-traded 3B Nolan Arenado will more than likely be making his return to Coors Field (albeit in a Cardinals uniform), so that should be interesting.