Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Take it or leave it

We can all stop worrying: the baseball Hall of Fame will display Barry Bonds's 756th home run ball.

Did you care less than I did? I'm over the whole Bonds did-he-or-didn't-he juice, steroids era garbage.

The ball, owned by fashion designer (or so I read) Mark Ecko, has quite a history. After successfully bidding for the souvenir, Ecko set up an online poll asking readers to determine the ball's fate, which was to brand it with an asterisk to reflect the steroid allegations surrounding Bonds and his alleged (is it still "alleged"? I've stopped caring) performance enhancing drug use. It was then to be given to the hall for display.

Bonds called Ecko an idiot, and declared that he would boycott the HOF if it displayed the aterisk-branded memento.

I can only hope he'll stay true to his word.

Recent back and forth discussions between the HOF and Ecko seemed to end when the two could not agree on whether the ball would be given as an "unconditional donation" or a loan. I'm not totally sure why the HOF would care, but it's their museum, and their rules: donations not allowed (which was what Ecko was offering), so the ball would not be displayed.

Not wanting to lose out on everlasting publicity, Ecko changed his stance some time Tuesday afternoon and the ball was delivered to the HOF as an official donation. In a few weeks, after documentation is completed, the ball will be on display for all to see in Cooperstown, New York.

Hopefully they leave the asterisk facing out.

In other Bad Baseball news from Tuesday night...
The Phillies demoted struggling starter Brett Myers to their Triple-A squad. Myers was 3-9 with a 5.84 ERA on the season . . . The Rangers squeaked by the Yankees when Yanks closer Mariano Rivera allowed a run on three hits in the ninth . . . White Sox reliever Matt Thornton, who allowed a run on three hits, was bailed out of a loss when the Sox offense rallied for two runs on three hits off Indians closer Joe Borowski, all of which occurred in the 10th inning . . . Alan Embree imploded in relief for the A's; he allowed three runs on three hits in the eighth, recording just two outs against the Angels.

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