We have reached the point where, if the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field get the next available slot for the Major League All-Star Game, it will have been 37 years since their last. There are 30 teams in baseball. You do that screwjob math.
That’s because what WAS the next available opening, in 2025, has now been given to the Atlanta Braves:
The 2026 game is going to the Phillies, so now we’re at least three and a half more years off from the Cubs getting another chance. It’s galling, especially after the Cubs started renovating Wrigley Field a decade ago.
You may recall that the Braves were set to host the 2021 All-Star Game at Truist Park before MLB switched the game to Colorado, citing Georgia’s then-recently-passed restrictive voting laws. I guess that’s all been fixed now.
I’ll just have to keep on dreaming of seeing the All-Star festivities in Wrigleyville someday. I was too young to participate back in 1990, so I’m still waiting. It’s not quite 108 years – in length or in importance – but it’s still a deeply maddening wait.