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All-Star experience a home run in Twin Cities

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Baseball's All-Stars and fans alike were heading back to their hometowns on Wednesday, but they left with a lot of great compliments about the experience they got in the Twin Cities.

On Tuesday night, the All-Star Game put Minnesota on global stage. By Wednesday morning, the reviews that came in were mostly positive and a lot of fans told Fox 9 News they would like to come back. That's exactly the response the Minnesota Twins and Minneapolis city leaders were hoping to hear.

"Every time you turn on the television, people were saying, 'Downtown is hopping and everybody is coming down here," Renee Combs said.

If anyone is qualified to give a review of how Minneapolis stacked up to other All-Star host cities, it's the Sokol family of Maryland. They have attended 11 All-Star games. So, how did the Twin Cities stack up?

"Number one! Number one so far," Wendy Sokol said with a laugh. "It's been awesome."

From FanFest to the players at the red carpet parade, when it was time for the city's close-up, it was ready.

"Minneapolis, St. Paul area, it's great," David Sokol said. "We've had a great time here. Everybody is friendly. Everybody has greeted us."

No one is happier about that success than Kevin Smith, of the Minnesota Twins.

"To use a baseball slogan, it was a grand slam," he said. "You live for the world looking at your ballpark and showing it off. It is special, man. It is cool."

Yet, although the imagery made the type of moments teams and cities beg for, there is still the ultimate Chamber of Commerce question -- will visitors come back?

"Sure, I'd come back in the summer -- not in the winter time," Lisa Roy, of Texas, said.

Although the stages are coming down, the Twin Cities more than proved they can shine in the spotlight. The most commonly heard comment from out-of-towners was that the Minnesota community is a friendly one.

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