The fate of Barry Bonds' record-breaking home-run ball is now in the public's hands after its buyer announced Monday he was taking votes on whether to give the ball to the Hall of Fame, brand it with an asterisk or blast it into space.
To vote, go to Ecko's site here. Besides that countless headlines that will put Mr. Ecko in the news from now until September25 (smart move), when voting ends, this will be one of the most interesting sports polls that I have ever seen. Your vote will actually decide on the fate of a piece of baseball history that is directly linked to a figure that is the face of steroids in not only baseball, but the entire sports world. Your vote will answer the question, is baseball history more important than how we feel about cheating in sports?
I voted for an asterik. Sending the ball to Cooperstown is a waste anyways because this isn't the ball. The ball will be Bonds' last homerun. Let that ball find its way to Cooperstown. In the mean time, let's make a statement with this ball. And while sending it into space signifies that we want steroids out of sports and out of headlines, an asterik is a clear symbol of how corrupt the sports world has become. And it is the symbol that characterizes athletes that cheat the game and its fans.