Fashion impresario Marc Ecko recently purchased from auction Barry Bonds’ record breaking homerun ball. Homerun number 756, which broke Hank Aaron’s previous record of 755 was hit on August 7th. A little over a month later Marc Ecko completed his highest bid purchase for over $750,000. His grand scheme was to let the public vote on the fate of the Bonds’ record homerun ball. Ecko gave the following options in his Barry Bonds ball voting extravaganza:
Do nothing to the ball and send it to Cooperstown; “Bestow it.”
Launch the ball into outer space; “Banish it.”
Mark the ball with an asterisk and then to send it to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown; “Brand it.”
With over 10 million votes recorded on the official voting website, www.vote756.com, the public voted for the third option, placing an asterisk on the ball to mark the belief that Barry Bonds did steroids and his record should be tarnished. The breakdown was 47% in favor of “branding” it, 34% for “bestowing” it and 19% for “banishing” it. On the contrary, I am a fan of Barry Bonds and thinks he gets mistreated and unfairly singled out in this whole debacle (you can read that argument in its entirety right here).
Regardless of how I personally feel about Barry Bonds (How I feel? Barry Bonds is an all time great player. Bud Selig is an idiot. The public in masse has been brainwashed by the American media.), steroids and all issues of baseball’s “hallowed records” and “integrity”, I believe Marc Ecko should have provided more voting options for the people. Sure, those three options were nice. A little humor, somethinf for the purists and something for the Bonds fans or generally nice guys. But can those ideas properly show the world and future generations how we really felt? I’ve come up with these ideas and I hope that Mr. Ecko would peruse them and reopen the balloting before sending the ball to Cooperstown with an asterisk:
Inject the ball with some sort of expanding plastic to make it proportionately appropriate to the increase in the size of Barry Bonds’ head.
Throw it through a window at Barry Bonds’ house.
Alert the San Francisco public before cruising around McCovey Cove on a boat and then throwing it into the river. Watch the chaos ensue.
Pass it from person to person, Olympic torch marathon style, through every Major League city.
Mix the record ball in with a bag of twenty other MLB game used balls, making it permanently anonymous and undistinguishable.
Mark the ball with an asterisk. However rather than sending it to Cooperstown, throw the ball at Bud Selig’s head, thereby implanting the true dark prince of the steroids era with his own asterisk.
Use the ball in a game of fetch with one of Michael Vick’s dogs. (Too soon?)
Send the ball to Sammy Sosa with the message “Something to shoot (up) for”.
With all of these available options, I truly believe the general public will come out with a more satisfying result for all of the involved parties. Mark Ecko, I plead with you, please reconsider and reopen the voting on the ball. Barry Bonds might not deserve better… but he deserves more creativity if nothing else.
What do you – the AC general public – feel would be the best of the above options?