It’s probably not going to happen any time soon, but the Red Sox are preparing a bid to bring the All-Star Game back to Fenway Park for the first time since 1999.
Team president Sam Kennedy is gathering information about MLB’s process for obtaining the game and will work with local officials about putting together a proposal.
The game will be played in Cleveland this year and at Dodger Stadium in 2020. The only other park selected after that is Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia for 2026 as part of the celebration of America’s 250th birthday.
The Sox are hoping to host the game in 2029 to mark the 30th anniversary of the last time. But they’re flexible on the year.
Hosting the game is dependent more on available hotel rooms and areas to host other MLB fan and sponsor events than the actual ballpark. Fenway handled the World Series more than adequately last fall.
The 1999 All-Star Game was a memorable one. The All-Century Team was introduced before the All-Stars gathered on the field to greet Ted Williamsprior to his throwing out the first pitch.
Pedro Martinezthen struck out five of the six batters he faced.
The Sox tried to bring the Army-Navy football game to Fenway, but that didn’t work out because of hotel issues involving housing the thousands of cadets and midshipmen from the schools.
That game is traditionally held close enough to one of the academies — usually in Philadelphia — that hotels are not a problem.