The hits just keep on coming for Houston's Minor League franchise. While the Astros struggle with attendance, ratings and wins, the Sugar Land Skeeters win, fill the building and now find out they will host the 2014 Atlantic League All-Star Game at their home park, Constellation Field.
As Sean Pendergast pointed out in his fantastic feature on the minor leagues recently, the Skeeters, like so many other Minor League franchises, work extremely hard to please fans and are not afraid of taking risks. In this case, there is little risk in hosting a baseball all-star game, even if it's a minor league affair.
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"We are delighted for Sugar Land to be awarded the 2014 All-Star Game," said Opening Day Partners President and Chief Operating Officer Jon Danos in a release. "The quality of the venue and the incredible amount of community support undoubtedly played a role in the league's decision this year. We look forward to holding first-class events and showcasing the highest quality minor league baseball talent at one of the finest ballparks in the country."
This will be the first time the Skeeters and Constellation Field have played host to an all-star game. As you might imagine, there are going to be a bunch of events surrounding the weekend, just as there are with MLB events, which began Monday with the Home Run Derby. As the Skeeters continue to have sellout crowds and set attendance records, it's clear they can easily carry an all-star weekend.
No doubt they are the envy of their cross-town, Major League brethren, who can't seem to get a win to save their lives and who continue to see both attendance and TV ratings collapse in this, their third straight losing season.
The Skeeters may be a Minor League franchise, but they sell out games, provide a fun atmosphere for fans and, most important, they win. Hard to beat that combination.