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Cincinnati already getting ready for 2015 All-Star game
CINCINNATI (Jeff Hirsh) -- Children from the Boys and Girls Club in Minneapolis welcomed baseball officials, including about 30 from the Cincinnati Reds, to the 2014 All-Star game earlier in the week.
MLB and the Minnesota Twins donated 8 million dollars to a variety of charities. The same can be expected in Cincinnati. The Minneapolis Boys and Girls Club got a major renovation. The Cincinnati club, plus military and youth related sports charities, will also likely get contributions.
The All-Star game is expected to pump $75 to $100 million into the Cincinnati economy. That's money in the banks and beyond.
Paul Goebel from 'Holy Grail' at The Banks said, "Oh I think generally for the city it will be everywhere; central business district, the gateway district, northern Kentucky will get some. It's going to be great."
Reds visitors noticed something critical in Minneapolis: community involvement.
Reds chief operating officer, Phil Castellini, said, "Everywhere you went, bars, hotels, people were in uniform shirts. You could not get away from the fact that it was the All-Star city and they did a phenomenal job."
One thing Reds officials learned up in Minneapolis, they had a big green stripe leading from the fan fest up to the ballpark. So who knows, maybe Cincinnati will have a red stripe. Not the Jamaican beer, but a big red stripe leading from the convention center where the All-Star fan fest will be, over to Great American Ball Park for out-of-towners who might get lost.
There will be parties and festivals highlighting community icons. And another community icon will have some sort of role as well. Number 14!
Castellini said, "We'll incorporate Pete to the level the league is comfortable with. But to say there will be no Pete is impossible."
The 2015 All-Star game logo will be unveiled at a game next month. Cincinnati last hosted the All-Star game in 1988.
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