Wednesday, September 19, 2007

What Would You Do With Barry's Ball?

Marc Ecko bought Barry Bonds' record-breaking 756 Home Run ball at auction for over $756,000. Now he's letting the baseball world vote on what should happen to it. The options are:

1. Bestow It - Send the ball, as is, to Cooperstown so that it can be on display in the Hall of Fame.

2. Brand It - Brand a huge asterisks on the ball, then send it to Cooperstown. That way it will be on display, but will forever be "tainted."

3. Banish It - Put it on a space ship and launch it into outer space, never to be seen again.

I absolutely despise Barry Bonds. He is, in my opinion, a cheater. More importantly, he's a cheater who won't fess up to what he's done, despite it being so incredibly obvious to anyone with at least one working eye. He's made outrageous claims about people choosing to dislike him because he's black. People dislike him because he's a jerk. No one hates Ken Griffey Jr!!!

Having said all that, I still voted to bestow the ball into Cooperstown as is. More than anything I think it honors Hank Aaron to have the ball that FINALLY broke his record on display in The Hall. I also think that despite Barry's cheating, it's still an incredible feat to hit that many homeruns. I've heard countless baseball players say that you can be as strong as you want, but you still have to have speed and a good eye to hit a lot of homeruns. Bonds has both of those, and what he did is to be comended.

Love him or hate him (I choose the latter) Bonds will go down in history as one of the greatest hitters of all time. Being that that's the case, shouldn't his most memorable moment be forever enshrined in baseball's greatest Hall?


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