Fred on All-Star event: 'electric, fabulous'

July, 16, 2013
NEW YORK -- Fred Wilpon offered two words to sum up the first All-Star Game in Queens since 1964.

"Electric. Fabulous," Wilpon said after the AL beat the NL, 3-0, before a record crowd at the five-year-old ballpark. "I mean, 45,000 people just enjoying the great game of baseball. I thought it was great."

Wilpon said New Yorkers showed warmth outsiders may not have previously known about.

Said Wilpon, the 76-year-old Mets patriarch: "I loved it when people would come up to me -- they don't have to do it -- and they say: 'We were treated so nicely. This is New York?'... We know, because we live here."

As for the season's final 71 games, Wilpon said about the Mets: "Let's play the games out and see what happens."
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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