Washington Nationals fans have another reason to celebrate on Opening Day — the All-Star Game is coming to Nationals Park.
D.C. will host the Midsummer Classic in 2018, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred announced this afternoon.
Left fielder Jayson Werth told MASN Sports that MLB’s decision is a vote of confidence for Nationals Park.
“That’s a sign to the world and to baseball that this place is for real,” he said. “I think that’s a big deal for the organization and especially for the Lerner family … It’s quite an accomplishment for what they’ve [the owners] tried to do here.”
The District last held an All-Star Game in 1969, although the Nationals have made bids to host it previously.
The Nationals launched a campaign last month asking fans to “show MLB that there is no better place in America to host the national pastime’s All-Star Game than in the nation’s capital,” as Hill Now reported.
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