The Citi Field All-Star Game is officially announced. Finally. Officially. And officially. Finally!

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I suppose that headline is somewhat redundant, but when the same thing has been reported for a year or so, I feel it necessary to put as much finality on it as possible. Anyway, here’s Bud:

“As we celebrate the franchise’s golden anniversary this year, I am pleased to award the 2013 All-Star Game to the New York Mets and their loyal fans.  We are delighted to bring the Midsummer Classic to Citi Field, a wonderful ballpark that has carried on the remarkable National League tradition in New York City.  The Mets will be superb hosts to next summer’s greatest sporting event.”

It’s actually the Mets’ 51st season, but let’s leave that slide. Huzzah and kudos to the All-Star Game going back to New York for the ninth time.