ST. LOUIS–The 2009 All-Star Game will take place in the new Busch Stadium. The decision was made by Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig after Gary, Indiana, Newark, New Jersey, and Compton, California failed to get their bids in on time for consideration.
Baseball insiders suspect that Selig’s selection of St. Louis to host the game, which will take place two years after Selig’s projected retirement, is a sick joke on Selig’s successor, who will be forced to attend the game. Interviews with Selig partially confirmed such suspicions. “No, it’s going to be really, really great,” Selig said, pretending to cough as he covered a snicker. “I mean, there can’t be a better baseball town in America,” Selig said shortly before he was joined in uproarious laughter by a cadre of reporters.
“I mean, they’re SOOOOOO intelligent and love baseball SOOOOO much!” Selig continued, chortling. “What other team’s fans would have had the thoughtfulness to give Ken Griffey, Jr. a standing ovation when he hit his 500th home run? On Lou Brock bobblehead day, no less!” Selig practically shouted over the peals of laughter. “And to top it off! Consummate professional and excellent broadcaster Joe Buck is a Cardinals fan. He’ll tell you what a great baseball city St. Louis is!” Selig finished before excusing himself from the press conference, red-faced and teary-eyed.
After Selig’s announcement, Andy MacPhail and Bob Costas withdrew their names from consideration for serving as the next Commissioner of Baseball.