Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Yesterday fashion designer Marc Ecko unconditionally donated to the MLB Hall of Fame the home run ball Barry Bonds hit on August 7, 2008 (his 756th) to "technically" pass Hank Aaron as MLB's all-time career home run leader. Ecko paid $752,467 for the ball in September '07.
Notably, before making the dontation, Ecko branded the ball with an astrisk to reflect the steroid allegations that have embroiled Bonds and his "record". In particular, Ecko arranged for a five star asterisk to be cut into the cowhide across the "Major League Baseball" moniker.
Bonds responded by calling Ecko an "idiot" and stated that he would boycott Cooperstown if the ball is ever displayed there. Now, a day after accepting Ecko's donation, Baseball is refusing to accept the ball under the guise that it perceives Ecko's donation to be, in reality, a loan.
Surely, this was to be expected, as Baseball has time and time again looked the other way when it comes to the steriod issue.
I say kudos to Ecko for doing the right thing by giving the ball to Baseball, and doing the more appropriate thing by: (1) honoring the integrity of the game; (2) honoring Hank Aaron, his record, and his character; and (3) publicly identifying Bonds' "record" for what it truly is. Especially, since fans cannot expect Major League Baseball to do it.