After Tuesday’s All-Star Game, the spotlight will shift from Southern California to Seattle.
LOS ANGELES – KING 5 is in Los Angeles for the 2022 Major League Baseball All-Star Game and will soon be joined by some of the key members of the Seattle Mariners.
This isn’t just a journey for Julio Rodriguez and his team.
For much of the organization, it’s a journey.
Catie Griggs, President of Business Operations, has arrived in Southern California and said she sees the next few days as a learning experience.
She hopes to refine ideas for the All-Star Game in Seattle in 2023.
“We don’t want to recreate LA,” Griggs said. “What we’re really trying to do is learn from what seems appealing and how we can make that authentic in the Pacific Northwest next year.”
Griggs said her team has already worked hard and this weekend will mark a turning point as the spotlight will soon shift from Southern California to Seattle.
“There’s no better place than Seattle in July, we know that,” Griggs said. “So how do we use our location, the beautiful setting we have, the landscape, all the different events, the culture, the cultures we have?”
The Mariners have committed $55 million to improve their culture at T-Mobile Park in preparation for next year’s game.
Upgrades include a new Diamond Club and a new press box, in addition to renovations to the old Pyramid Brewing building.
It will create a very different look than 22 years ago when the game was last played in Seattle.
“Just as we don’t want to recreate what happens in LA, we don’t want to recreate what happened in 2001. We want to take the best of both, learn from it and make it work here now,” Griggs said.
Think of it as a different approach for a different time.
“It’s big,” Griggs said of the difference between 2001 and 2023. “I mean, an All-Star event isn’t just about the game itself on Tuesday night anymore, or even just the game on Tuesday night and that Home run derby on Monday. This is a week-long celebration of baseball, it’s a week-long celebration of the region. It’s no longer local or even national, it’s truly an international event.”
While much has indeed changed and will continue to change, the all-star game’s appeal remains the same.
“It’s always worth it. If you have the opportunity to bring people together and share our love of baseball. Our mission is to bring our community together by sharing our love of baseball. There’s no better opportunity to do that than to host the All-Star event,” Griggs said.
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