Monday, October 1, 2007


Fashion designer Marc Ecko purchased Barry Bonds 756th home run ball for $752,467 from the Brooklyn college student who caught it. He then set up a web site asking baseball fans what to do with the tainted sphere.

The options were:
Option A: "Bestow it intact to Cooperstown" drew 34 percent of the votes.
Option B: "Permanently brand the ball with an asterisk before sending it to Cooperstown" drew 47 percent.
Option C: "Launch it into space forever" drew 19 percent.

More than 10 million votes were counted on his Web site and "Brand It" was the clear winner with nearly half the vote over "Bestow It" and "Banish It."

"We're going to have to find a different artifact to send up to space," Ecko said in making the announcement. "Banish was 19 percent, so 80 percent of Americans wanted this ball on Earth, and it will go to the Hall of Fame with an asterisk."

Dale Petroskey, president of the Hall of Fame, said the institution is "more than happy" to receive the ball, however it is presented. "Since the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum first opened in 1939, the generosity of players, teams and fans, like Marc Ecko, has made it possible to preserve baseball history in Cooperstown," Petroskey said. “Our responsibility as a history museum is to present every story in proper context, and this ball allows us to do that."

"He's stupid. He's an idiot," Bonds told the San Francisco Chronicle. "He spent $750,000 on the ball and that's what he's doing with it? What he's doing is stupid."

"Today" co-host Matt Lauer asked Ecko if he was offended by those comments. "Not really," Ecko said. "I've been called worse, for sure."

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