Moments That Need to Move
Furthermore, I would have liked to see the 2011 All-Star Game (No.11) and Foundations of a Franchise (No.5) a little higher than where they landed.
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Ultimately, getting the nod to host an All-Star Game is a big deal. The Tampa Bay Rays entered Major League Baseball the same year Arizona did and is yet to get the event. You see it every year, it’s not just the All-Star Game. Hosting the Midsummer Classic is a spotlight on your entire city, a boost to the economy, and a whole bunch of advertising you wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. In 2011, it was Phoenix’s turn and it was a big deal. That year’s Home Run Derby, with Robinson Cano winning next to his father, was one of the more memorable derby’s in recent years.
Official ruling: It should have been in the list’s Top 10.
In terms of the ‘Foundations of a Franchise’ selection, it did get a Top 5 spot and that’s solid. Yet, without the city getting a baseball franchise in the first place, none of the other stuff is possible. In my opinion, whoever made the official selections had a little bit of recency bias with the ‘2017 Wild Card’ (No.3) choice. Yes, it was a big deal but, again, nothing is possible without the 1995-1998 period.
Official ruling: A solid toss-up between No.2 or No.3 on the ‘Top 20 Moments’ list.