Editorial: All-Star Game benefitted statePublished 10:11am Thursday, July 17, 2014
Job well done, Minnesota.
Target Field and the city of Minneapolis hosted the All-Star Game on Tuesday and just about everything went well. The weather was unseasonably cool, but that proved to be a blessing as the humidity levels were down. It was a great time to be outdoors.
Tens of thousands of baseball fans visited downtown Minneapolis, getting a glimpse of a beautiful, clean, safe, navigable major American city. There was no crime or mayhem either to detract from the sports proceedings. Merchants and restaurateurs did well, according to news reports. And Albert Lea, as a freeway stop, typically benefits from the Twin Cities being seen as a place to host major events. The success of the All-Star Game is good for Minnesota as a whole.
A rainbow graced the home run derby on Monday, and a rain delay pushed back the event, which resulted in late-night fireworks. The booms and bangs at 12:30 p.m. didn’t set well with sleeping Minneapolitans. That was about the only hitch during the All-Star festivities that could be cited. It was small price to pay for the publicity and economic benefits.