Bonds Holds MLB Home Run Record*

The title of this post ends with an asterisk, even though Barry Bonds might say something about it. Turns out that Bonds had an interview with MSNBC today in which he stated that he won’t attend the Cooperstown festivities if his 756th home run ball is marked with an asterisk.

Said Bonds, “I won’t go. I won’t be part of it. You can call me, but I won’t be there.”

The guy who ultimately acquired the home run ball, Marc Ecko, set up a website in which he allowed fans to vote on the ball’s fate. In September, Ecko announced that the fans voted to send the ball to Cooperstown, but to be branded with an asterisk (*).

No question on the meaning behind the asterisk. It suggests that Bonds’ home run record is tainted by alleged steroid use. Of course, Bonds has denied any of these allegations.

Bonds went even so far as to call Ecko “an idiot.” He can rightfully do so, but his retort is somewhat shaky: “I don’t think you can put an asterisk in the game of baseball, and I don’t think that the Hall of Fame can accept an asterisk. You cannot give people the freedom, the right to alter history. You can’t do it. There’s no such thing as an asterisk in baseball.” Hello, Bonds? This is 2007, and the people have spoken. Who does he think he is that people can’t alter history? Branding the ball with an asterisk isn’t altering history, it’s merely elaborating the history. And if people don’t course the change of human events, pray tell, who does?

Hall of Fame vice president Jeff Idelson declined to comment. Hall president Dale Petroskey has said accepting the ball doesn’t mean the museum endorses the viewpoint that Bonds used illegal substances. He said the museum would be “delighted” to have the ball.

So if the asterisk is placed on the ball, Bonds retorted that “I will never be in the Hall of Fame. Never.”

Giants general manager Brian Sabean reiterated Thursday that the team won’t bring back Bonds next season. Currently, Bonds stands at 762 homers. His 756th homer came off Washington Nationals pitcher Mike Bacsik at San Francisco on August 7, 2007.

Interestingly, Bonds told MSNBC he hoped to reach 764 homers because he was born in July 1964. He said he’s been working out and still is considering whether to play next season. “I may hit two home runs so I can go home. I just think that I have a lot of game left. I think that I can help a team with a championship. I’m a hell of a part-time player, too.”

It seems Bonds is all over the place. Will he play next season? Will he really refuse from going to the Hall of Fame if the ball is marked with an asterisk? I think Bonds is pulling the media’s chain here, trying to somehow making himself more worthy than he really is or deserves to be.

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~ by mlb2007playoffs on November 1, 2007.

2 Responses to “Bonds Holds MLB Home Run Record*”

  1. The guy who caught the ball was someone else. Mark Ecko bought the ball from that fan who caught it. It was some ridiculous price. Ecko’s idea of letting the fans decide the ball’s fate was a great idea nonetheless.

  2. […] Why A-Rod’s New Contract Makes Sense Alex Rodriguez is about to finalize the biggest contract in sports history. The contract calls for $275 million for 10 years, plus another $30 million if A-Rod breaks Barry Bonds’ all-time home run record* (with an asterisk). […]

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