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faithfulfan
07-01-2008, 06:31 PM
Talks over Bonds ball hit wall, so Hall won't showcase it

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Asterisk or not, the ball Barry Bonds launched for his record-breaking 756th home run won't land in the Hall of Fame.

The Hall said Tuesday recent talks with fashion designer Marc Ecko, who bought the souvenir for more than $750,000 last September, had "unfortunately reached an impasse."

"The owner's previous commitment to unconditionally donate the baseball has changed to a loan. As a result, the Hall of Fame will not be able to accept the baseball," the Hall said in a statement.

"Should the owner choose to unconditionally donate the ball to the museum at a future date, we would be delighted and of course, accept his offer," it said.

Nearly all of the Hall's 35,000-plus artifacts were presented on a permanent basis. The shrine does make exceptions, especially when it has nothing else to illustrate a story -- Willie Mays loaned the glove he used to make his famous, over-the-shoulder catch in the 1954 World Series.

Bonds donated the batting helmets he wore when he hit his 755th and 756th home runs last August, breaking Hank Aaron's career record.

Ecko bought the 756 ball a month later in an online auction for $752,467, exceeding most expectations.

With some claiming the record was tainted because of steroid allegations against Bonds, Ecko set up a Web site to let people vote on three options for the prize: give it straight to the Hall, mark it with an asterisk before sending it to Cooperstown or shoot it into space on a rocket ship.

In late September, Ecko said 10 million votes were recorded and that 47 percent favored adding an asterisk, 34 percent wanted it sent to the Hall and 19 percent picked outer space.

At the time, Ecko said the Hall's "curatorial staff is working with us to carry out the popular vote while preserving the ball. Being in the Hall of Fame will ensure that future generations can read about, reflect on and keep the discourse of this moment alive."

The Hall held many internal discussions and consulted with several prominent museums before deciding it would accept the marked ball.

Bonds called Ecko an "idiot" when the designer announced plans to hold the vote. The slugger later said he would boycott the Hall if it displayed the ball with an asterisk.

It is not known whether Ecko ever did mark the ball. The Associated Press sent an e-mail and phoned his representative seeking comment.

Bonds finished the season with 762 home runs. The San Francisco Giants did not offer him a contract for this year, and he hasn't gotten an offer to play for another team.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

CubsGirl
07-01-2008, 06:35 PM
I think it's worth mentioning that they didn't accept it because Marc Ecko changed it from a donation to a loan.

sboyajian
07-01-2008, 08:41 PM
I think it's worth mentioning that they didn't accept it because Marc Ecko changed it from a donation to a loan.

yep.. very misleading title.

CAIN=FUTURE
07-01-2008, 10:16 PM
I think the option of shooting the ball into space is really funny. I also think that Mark Eco is a ******* and could have done a lot of good and donated the $750k he spent on the ball to charity.

Tragedy
07-01-2008, 10:22 PM
Update:


NEW YORK (AP)—Now branded with an asterisk, the ball Barry Bonds launched for his record 756th home run nearly a year ago landed Tuesday night in the Hall of Fame.

To read the rest:

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ap-hall-bondsball&prov=ap&type=lgns

ThisIsTheYear
07-01-2008, 10:42 PM
I think the option of shooting the ball into space is really funny. I also think that Mark Eco is a ******* and could have done a lot of good and donated the $750k he spent on the ball to charity.

Hes rich enough where he can spend that $750k on the ball and donate another million without it putting a scratch in his wallet. He probably does donate enough money as it is to charities.

sboyajian
07-02-2008, 05:25 AM
better be one big asterisk.. otherwise they'll just turn it around. ;)

ugafan
07-02-2008, 10:14 AM
I think the option of shooting the ball into space is really funny. I also think that Mark Eco is a ******* and could have done a lot of good and donated the $750k he spent on the ball to charity.

He did idiot. Just because you're a fan of the biggest cheater in sports history, doesn't mean you get mad at what one person does to please everybody else in the world who hates him. If Barry Bonds didn't take steroids, he would have 500 homers and easily make it into the HOF. But not anymore, and its his fault completely.

ugafan
07-02-2008, 11:22 AM
Hey idiot. Where is your proof that Bonds did take steroids? Do you have a picture of Jose Canseco with a needle in Bonds' *****?

His head grew twice the size, and he got better as he got older, seriously shut-up. It will be proven soon, don't you worry.

ugafan
07-02-2008, 11:33 AM
His head grew twice the size? Maybe he's in the mood sexually all the time. Doesn't getting better with age mean something? I bet you couldn't tie your shoelaces as soon as you got out of your mother's womb. You got better with age. Maybe you can't tie shoelaces. Maybe you're still sporting velcro. Haha. But don't worry, if you keep working on it you'll get better with age!!! Haha. Shut up yourself.

You're funny.

Barry Bonds, cheated. I don't know why you deny it. It's quite pointless. He's worse than Pete Rose, and will NEVER make the Hall of Fame. His ball with a big *** asterisk will though. I commend Marc Ecko on his actions. Somebody had to do it, he had the resources, so he did it.

Cub_StuckinSTL
07-02-2008, 11:54 AM
Hey idiot. Where is your proof that Bonds did take steroids? Do you have a picture of Jose Canseco with a needle in Bonds' rear-end?

I'm pretty sure we could find a picture of Jose sticking something in Bonds rear :shrug:

YankeeFan28
07-02-2008, 11:58 AM
His head grew twice the size, and he got better as he got older, seriously shut-up. It will be proven soon, don't you worry.

Yeah, he also admitted to unknowingly using steroids. And that fact that he's been indicted on perjury should mean something as well.

ugafan
07-02-2008, 11:59 AM
I'm pretty sure we could find a picture of Jose sticking something in Bonds rear :shrug:

:laugh:

sboyajian
07-02-2008, 01:02 PM
You're funny.

Barry Bonds, cheated. I don't know why you deny it. It's quite pointless. He's worse than Pete Rose, and will NEVER make the Hall of Fame. His ball with a big *** asterisk will though. I commend Marc Ecko on his actions. Somebody had to do it, he had the resources, so he did it.

Leave Pete Rose out of this. He did nothing wrong and deserves to be in the Hall more than probably 75% of the people who are in there.