"It's very exciting," said Fowler of bringing the game to San Diego. "It was the first priority (the ownership group) had and we worked very hard at it, so now we're starting the clock. A countdown starting and we're looking forward to a very exciting All-Star Game in 2016."
Fowler went on to discuss the process and how both the Padres and the city of San Diego teamed up to bring the All-Star Game to America's Finest City. "We're overdue for having an All-Star Game in this ballpark," added Commissioner Manfred. "I hope the city appreciates the efforts by the city and the ball club to bring this week long celebration to San Diego."
Fowler and Manfred also discussed the bigger picture of what the game means to not only the San Diego baseball community, but the overall community as well. Specifically, it seems, Fowler is looking for a rallying call to bring everyone together at Petco Park.
"There will be a lot of interactivity with the community," said Fowler. "I think it's going to be bigger and better and it's up to us to rally the community to show the same kind of support, if not more, than they did in Cincinnati. There was all kinds of red back there, so we want all kinds of blue out here."
To hear more about Fowler's and Manfred's thoughts on the upcoming All-Star Game, including the recent 'Pace-of-Play' initiatives, the change of format to the Home Run Derby and bringing the All-Star Game celebration to an International audience and venue, then be sure to watch the entire interview with Jesse Agler in the video above! And for more interviews, highlights and Padres content just like this, be sure to check out padres.com/socialhour.