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Coach
07-14-2009, 05:48 PM
http://www.kansascity.com/sports/royals/story/1322906.html

ST. LOUIS | First thing you see is a giant baseball, 12 feet in diameter, signed by Derek Jeter and Ted Williams and Hank Aaron. It’s in Guinness World Records, and sort of an unofficial welcoming here at baseball’s All-Star FanFest.

It’s also a heck of a metaphor for what’s coming to Kansas City.

Before the end of the season — most likely next month — baseball commissioner Bud Selig will confirm that Kansas City will play host to the All-Star Game in 2012, according to sources.

It will be our first national sporting event since the Final Four in 1988, and it very well could be our last for decades.

Everything that’s happening this week in St. Louis will happen three years from now in Kansas City. The planning, at least in the abstract, has already begun. Cities like ours don’t get many chances at making a national impression.

It is a whirlwind of craziness, and with President Barack Obama throwing out the first pitch, the joke around St. Louis is that you’ll be in line at a security checkpoint with rapper Nelly behind you and a Clydesdale in front of you.

This is the show that’s coming to Kansas City.

“There’s so many things we could do,” said Kevin Uhlich, the Royals executive in charge of the plans. “We have so much real estate out here. We could develop a village in the parking lot. You know, sort of like for the Super Bowl.”

•••

The advice out of St. Louis is to have fun with it. That’s what they’re trying to do. The best baseball players in the world are coming to town. A concert by Sheryl Crow and Elvis Costello raised a reported $1 million for cancer research.

This modest market in Missouri will have the attention of a supposed 100 million people worldwide on television. This should mean excitement, and sometimes it does.

Too often it means paranoia.

“I’m chuckling at it sometimes,” said Cardinals president Bill Dewitt. “It’s like, ‘Did you see that corner a block from the stadium that’s got a broken curb? We need that fixed. This is the All-Star Game!’ It’s definitely a heightened sense of ‘We’ve gotta put on a show.’ ”

Everything is being magnified here, from the greatness of the Cardinals’ Albert Pujols and the city’s Italian restaurants to St. Louis fans’ self-promotion as the best in baseball.

It’ll be that way in Kansas City, too — 2,500 media representatives and tens of thousands of people traveling in to eat our barbecue and talk about Zack Greinke.

The Chamber of Commerce will love this, of course, but it also means that Kansas Citians may need to thicken their skin.

Whenever a big-time event like this is held outside places like Miami or San Diego or Phoenix, it’s become an almost expected side-sport for people to blast the economy in Detroit (Super Bowl XL), the traffic in Houston (2006 NBA All-Star Game) or, well, just about everything in Jacksonville (Super Bowl XXXIX).

“I’ll tell you how Jacksonville looked at it, and I’m sure Kansas City will do the same thing,” said Gene Frenette, a longtime sports columnist for the Florida Times-Union. “If you have to take a few potshots along the way to host a major sporting event like that, then whatever barbs get thrown your way, all the businesses that get people to stay in their hotel rooms or eat at their restaurants will be more than quick to take that in exchange.”

Ron Watermon, the Cardinals executive and point man for this week’s plans, says when the event is in St. Louis now and Kansas City later, it will turn the Show-Me State into the Watch-Me State.

It’s been said that if pessimism were a product, it would be Missouri’s No. 1 export.

And here might be a good place to mention the potential challenges.

•••

Kansas City’s FanFest will almost certainly be at the Convention Center. The headquarters hotel will probably be somewhere on the Plaza. There will need to be a free and frequent shuttle system.

Throw in the eternally threatening local weather — Kansas City’s forecast for today, for instance, is temperatures in the upper 90s with possible thunderstorms — and there will be a great deal of planning and finger crossing.

“Every city has logistical issues,” said Bob DuPuy, president of Major League Baseball. “I actually think it’s an advantage to have the All-Star Game in smaller cities. New York (in 2008) was a wonderful place, but New York continues to be New York. You walk around St. Louis this weekend and the All-Star Game is everywhere. It’ll be like that in Kansas City, too.”

DuPuy was talking at the opening of a youth baseball field in St. Louis’ urban core, which was paid for with the expected revenue from Monday’s Home Run Derby. It’s been reported that the “leave behind” from this week’s festivities will be about $2 million in charitable work.

That number can be backed up with Saturday night’s concert and other events, but be skeptical when you start to hear about the All-Star Game’s supposed $70 million boost to local economies. Independent studies have shown that while the game may produce tens of millions of dollars in revenue, there is actually very little or no impact on local economies.

First, not all the money spent in Kansas City will stay here. Some of it goes to shareholders in New York.

Second, not all of the revenue is new spending money. Some of it is being spent only on All-Star events instead of at other businesses.

And third, many other economic activities get crowded out by All-Star visitors.

“Cities do a pretty good job of adding and multiplying the numbers, but they don’t do a good job of subtracting,” said Victor Matheson, an economics professor at College of the Holy Cross who has done multiple studies on this. “It’s absolutely possible that these things can make you happy, but you shouldn’t expect them to make you rich.”

•••

Kansas City voters in effect turned down a Super Bowl and potential Final Fours when they rejected giving money to put a rolling roof over Arrowhead Stadium. But they did receive assurances from Selig two years ago that an All-Star Game would accompany the approved renovations to Kauffman Stadium.

That means that unless and until the Royals make the World Series — insert joke here — the 2012 All-Star Game could be Kansas City’s last truly national sporting event for a generation.

The last All-Star Game in Kansas City was 1973, the first year of then-Royals Stadium. It was something of a coming-out party for Kansas City.

In 1973, there were 450 reporters and 50 million people watching worldwide in 11 countries. It was a reported $500,000 boost to KC.

Now, there are 2,500 media members and 100 million people watching in more than 230 countries. There’s the reported $70 million boost — though, as Matheson says, that number can be deceiving.

Behind the scenes, that giant baseball is already tumbling toward our city.

“We can’t wait,” Uhlich said. “We’re not on that national level all that often. We want to show people what we have to offer.”

JASONSAUTO
07-14-2009, 05:50 PM
WHOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOO

Sure-Oz
07-14-2009, 05:51 PM
I will definetly be there if that indeed happens!

CrazyPhuD
07-14-2009, 05:51 PM
The only question is...will we have any all stars?

Reaper16
07-14-2009, 05:51 PM
YAY we get to see the wrong pitchers start, only in person!

doomy3
07-14-2009, 05:53 PM
That is GREAT news!

JASONSAUTO
07-14-2009, 05:55 PM
YAY we get to see the wrong pitchers start, only in person!

maybe grienke will get the "career nod" in KC

Halfcan
07-14-2009, 06:00 PM
Lets hope it happens!!!

chiefqueen
07-14-2009, 06:07 PM
Don't hold your breath until the press conference. Some Boston fans are upset because they thought MLB would put the game in Fenway for the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park. I expect the talking heads at ESPN to put on a full court press (yes, shoving Brett Farve aside) until Bud Selig realizes the error of his ways and awards the game to Boston.

Besides, once the All-Star game is over, this is ESPN's slowest time of the year until NFL training camps open up.

Coach
07-14-2009, 06:11 PM
Don't hold your breath until the press conference. Some Boston fans are upset because they thought MLB would put the game in Fenway for the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park. I expect the talking heads at ESPN to put on a full court press (yes, shoving Brett Farve aside) until Bud Selig realizes the error of his ways and awards the game to Boston.

Besides, once the All-Star game is over, this is ESPN's slowest time of the year until NFL training camps open up.

Boston can eat shit. They can have their fucking all-star in 2014, considering that they JUST recently had one in 1999. Makes no sense just to have them another one so recently, when KC had their last AS in almost 40 years.

KCUnited
07-14-2009, 06:15 PM
I'm taking that week off for sure. See ya down at Buzzard with Manny.

Coach
07-14-2009, 06:18 PM
What KC really need to do is get that surrounding area by the K/Arrowhead cleaned up. They also need to implement a mass-transit system.

Sure-Oz
07-14-2009, 06:19 PM
What KC really need to do is get that surrounding area by the K/Arrowhead cleaned up. They also need to implement a mass-transit system.

they also need winning teams

Reaper16
07-14-2009, 06:20 PM
What KC really need to do is get that surrounding area by the K/Arrowhead cleaned up. They also need to implement a mass-transit system.
They're really going to have to have a lot of busses or something ready to go from Truman Sports Complex to downtown.

Coach
07-14-2009, 06:24 PM
They're really going to have to have a lot of busses or something ready to go from Truman Sports Complex to downtown.

Not only that, but also at the Plaza, KCI, P&L, Crown Center, Casinos, etc.

Deberg_1990
07-14-2009, 06:34 PM
Starting Pitcher for the American League in the 2012 All Star game:

Zach Grienke of the New York Yankees!

Reaper16
07-14-2009, 06:35 PM
Starting Pitcher for the American League in the 2012 All Star game:

Zach Grienke of the New York Yankees!
huuuuuuurrrrrrrrrgh

DeezNutz
07-14-2009, 06:38 PM
Glass still won't have all the concession stands fully staffed! And the grass! /KK/

Sure-Oz
07-14-2009, 06:42 PM
Glass still won't have all the concession stands fully staffed! And the grass! /KK/

he'll have to add more toilets and make sure no one covers up my mammas brick with a table/kk/

DeezNutz
07-14-2009, 06:43 PM
he'll have to add more toilets and make sure no one covers up my mammas brick with a table/kk/

LMAO

I'd forgotten about his mom's brick. Move your table, sir!!!

Sure-Oz
07-14-2009, 06:44 PM
LMAO

I'd forgotten about his mom's brick. Move your table, sir!!!

LMAO it was classic radio when he bitched about his mammas brick

wild1
07-14-2009, 06:52 PM
LMAO it was classic radio when he bitched about his mammas brick

???

Sure-Oz
07-14-2009, 06:56 PM
???

basically he was bitching how the K sucked cause it didn't have enough toilets...then moved on how he took his mom to the K to see her 'brick' that they bought her that you could get at the K called the legacy brick program. where it had her name or whatever on it. apparently a concessions table was on her brick and they couldnt see itLMAO

KChiefs1
07-14-2009, 09:26 PM
Will Hosmer & Moustakas be All-Stars by then?

Reaper16
07-14-2009, 09:37 PM
Will Hosmer & Moustakas be All-Stars by then?
Moustakas has an outside shot if he develops properly.

Demonpenz
07-14-2009, 09:38 PM
that taco bell and subway/gasstation will be packed!

Reaper16
07-14-2009, 09:39 PM
that taco bell and subway/gasstation will be packed!
LMAO

DeezNutz
07-14-2009, 09:42 PM
Moustakas has an outside shot if he develops properly.

Better chance of Gordon.

Someone is quickly going to label me the Mecca of Royals threads because of my perceived pessimism (which I like to think of as clear sightedness). Anyway, I hated the Moosetacos selection. Hated. Not as badly as the Hochevar selection, but more than the Crow pick.

Reaper16
07-14-2009, 09:52 PM
Better chance of Gordon.

Someone is quickly going to label me the Mecca of Royals threads because of my perceived pessimism (which I like to think of as clear sightedness). Anyway, I hated the Moosetacos selection. Hated. Not as badly as the Hochevar selection, but more than the Crow pick.
Because of the player or because of who wasn't drafted?

DeezNutz
07-14-2009, 09:56 PM
Because of the player or because of who wasn't drafted?

Both.

Another surprise player, who wasn't even considered the top prospect on his HS team going into his senior season.

I was a Porcello guy.

Guru
07-14-2009, 10:05 PM
Wow, 2012 really could be the end of the world.

Valiant
07-14-2009, 10:09 PM
Don't get to excited until the Commish actually confirms it.. Sports teams and franchises love to fuck with KC and her hopes..

OnTheWarpath58
07-14-2009, 10:12 PM
If it happens, take any and all opportunities to support it and take part.

This has been an incredible week here in STL, and I hope you guys get to experience it as well.

KCChiefsFan88
07-15-2009, 07:47 AM
If this is the case then Jackson County might want to get to work now on and upgrading the area around the Truman Sports Complex.

I had the chance to attend a game at the "new" K during the 4th of July weekend and it is a nice stadium with lots of restaurant options, etc. but that isn't enough to compensate for the complete lack of anything right outside of the Truman Sports Complex (and Taco Bell, the Phillips 66 gas station and the Wendy's down the road don't count).

Rooster
07-15-2009, 08:53 AM
Wow, 2012 really could be the end of the world.

ROFLROFLROFL Damn Mayans

BigMeatballDave
07-15-2009, 09:22 AM
This is waaaay overdue...

BigMeatballDave
07-15-2009, 09:31 AM
It was in KC 36 yrs ago. Thats pretty fucking pathetic.

sedated
07-15-2009, 09:32 AM
If this is the case then Jackson County might want to get to work now on and upgrading the area around the Truman Sports Complex.

I had the chance to attend a game at the "new" K during the 4th of July weekend and it is a nice stadium with lots of restaurant options, etc. but that isn't enough to compensate for the complete lack of anything right outside of the Truman Sports Complex (and Taco Bell, the Phillips 66 gas station and the Wendy's down the road don't count).

is there a rule prohibiting new establishments around the Complex?

it seems like a great opportunity for, say, a sports bar or something - a place to go after the Chiefs noon games, or a place to go for the few people that go to tailgate without tickets to the game. :shrug:

BigMeatballDave
07-15-2009, 09:35 AM
Its been played in Pittsburgh 3 fucking times since '74. BS!

HemiEd
07-15-2009, 09:39 AM
A nice parting gift prior to 12-21-12!

joesomebody
07-15-2009, 10:55 AM
I'm thinking they can use Arrowhead for some of the festivities. Hell turn Arrowhead into one huge bar for that weekend. Would have to allow people on the field to properly work it, but I heard we are putting in astroturf anyway, so can lay down some sort of flooring for that weekend.

Completely renovated 70k+ stadium sitting right next door with nothing better to do that weekend.

sd4chiefs
07-15-2009, 11:28 AM
I went to the All-Star game in 73. Amos Otis started for the Royals. Some others who were there, Reggie Jackson, Hank Aaron, and Willie Mays. God I am old. :shake:

clyde05
07-15-2009, 11:19 PM
How to you go about getting all star game tickets and how early can you get them?