Bonds Will Boycott Cooperstown If 756 Has an Asterisk and It’s Fine With The Starting Five
Barry Bonds will boycott the Cooperstown Hall of Fame if record breaking home run ball is branded with an asterisk.
Good for you Barry! You have TSF’s vote!
Few athletes have the balls to stand up for what is right. Money is king in the eyes of most and the idea of losing it precipitates silence strictly out of fear. Whether or not you agree with Barry Bonds is irrelevant. The fact remains that no one is close to his numbers regardless of how many needles they stuck in their asses. I applaud Barry in this instance, because I do agree with him. The hatred associated with his existence is the most sickening display of humanity I’ve personally witnessed–in sports of course.
From Gilbert Arenas’ NBA.com Blog(about a quarter way down the page):
I have a real big fan in Oakland who caught the 715 ball to beat Ruth. His name is Tom. Whenever we go West, he goes from city to city and travels to watch me play. He’s been doing this since I came in the league. He goes to Portland, he goes to Seattle, Golden State, Lakers, Clippers ‘ he just drives and goes to all of them. Well Tom’s brother caught the 715 ball. He said he would give me that ball for free so I could tell Marc Ecko that he can switch out No. 715 for No. 756 and he can mark up No. 715 or whatever he wants to do with that ball, as long as he gives me the 756 ball. Tom just wants all 20 pairs of the GilIIZero‘s actually. So I have some fans out there joining the cause.
I apologize to Marc Ecko for making the offer the way I did, but that’s the only way to get stuff across to people is if you just burst out sometimes. Marc Ecko, I would really love the opportunity to sit down and negotiate with you about this ball and see if I can convince you to give it to me without taking it to the Hall of Fame marked.
Gilbert is being nice here, but I understand why he chose his words wisely. That’s the way of a superstar. You can’t necessarily say what you mean. I also applaud Gilbert for coming out publicly and decrying this bs.
Here’s was it sure to become a firestorm in the press the next couple of days. Funny that it’s Friday.
“I won’t go. I won’t be part of it,” Bonds said in an interview with MSNBC (Jim Gray) that aired Thursday night. “You can call me, but I won’t be there.”
The ball Bonds hit for home run No. 756 this season will be branded with an asterisk and sent to the Hall. Fashion designer Marc Ecko bought the ball in an online auction and set up a Web site for fans to vote on its fate. In late September, he announced fans voted to send the ball to Cooperstown with an asterisk.
Bonds has called Ecko “an idiot.”
Mark Ecko is an asterisk (Photo: Mary Altaffer/AP)
“I don’t think you can put an asterisk in the game of baseball, and I don’t think that the Hall of Fame can accept an asterisk,” Bonds said. “You cannot give people the freedom, the right to alter history. You can’t do it. There’s no such thing as an asterisk in baseball.”
It’s incredible that a large segment of MLB fans insist on this disgusting act of defense mechanism inspired jealousy and envy. Mark Ecko is sheepishly attempting to turn the tide of his previous urban sales into a mainstream middle America cash cow. Rest assured he’s rubbing his hands together visualizing a spike in sales because of this publicity. Trust Ecko wants Barry to retire this very second so he can sit back and wait out the time for Barry’s induction. He was hip hop, but no longer. He miscalculated the power of hip hop and it’s fast reemerging relevance. We don’t want your ass anyway (Substitute Ecko).It’s funny the majority of folk who have purchased his gear over the years he now turns his back on. Yes, this is a Black thing. Anyone who chooses to nullify the infusion of race on this subject just ain’t from ’round here. His company started making money in the ‘hood. I have a sick feeling in my stomach because I’ve purchased some of his clothing. The glasses riding my nose this very second are *ecko unltd. If I wasn’t blind as hell I would smash them to pieces. It’s incredible that this guy would pander to a demography just to mainstream his clothing line. Pardon me if I’m ignorant, but what is the asterisk before his logo? Is this something new? Does this line up with his marketing scheme? You’ve chosen sides Mark…now I boycott you.
This is just so ya know….Tell ’em Chuck!
(Anyone who purchased Public Enemy’s Apocalypse 91: The Enemy Strikes Back has a certain instrument ringing in their ears after hearing Shut ‘Em Down. Who knows the answer?) *Update: I was a little vague here. I meant the next instrument after Shut Em Down finishes playing.
It’s crazy Chuck, we were just talking about this type of media bs your show two weeks ago.
Mark Ecko you are a sellout!!! Come to TSF and fork tongue lisp the bs you’ve been spitting to the mainstream.
If there wasn’t a chance my kids would be reading this…..
Hall of Fame vice president Jeff Idelson declined to comment Thursday night.
Hall president Dale Petroskey has said accepting the ball doesn’t mean the museum endorses the viewpoint that Bonds used illegal substances. He said the museum would be “delighted” to have the ball.
“It’s a historic piece of baseball history,” Petroskey said in September.
Hmm…another wait and see moment. All these cowards want America to speak so they can feel the perceived pulse. They sure as hell aren’t referencing America in it’s totality trust me.
So, if the Hall goes through with the asterisk display?
“I will never be in the Hall of Fame. Never,” Bonds said. “Barry Bonds will not be there.
“That’s my emotions now. That’s how I feel now. When I decide to retire five years from now, we’ll see where they are at that moment,” he added. “We’ll see where they are at that time, and maybe I’ll reconsider. But it’s their position and where their position will be will be the determination of what my decision will be at that time.”
I’ve stated it here many times. I had the chance to meet Barry Bonds and he was cool with me. How many of Barry’s former teammates have publicly spoken of his surliness and this supposed dichotomous locker room presence. Very few. What’s holding them back? During the chase this season did Barry snap at the media once? He has no use for us because of the mockery the media has made him out to be–and his father before him.
We’ll see how America truly is when the rest of the names come out after George Mitchell concludes his investigation. I can’t wait. A lot of people are going to be confused and stutter excuses li…like…like crazy. From what I understand some of the names will shock sports fans. Get your stories straight now, because we’re a comin’!
I have been chasing down Barry’s publicist (sure she’s sick of me😉 ) in hopes of interviewing him (it was interesting how that fell through, but that’s another story), but to no avail.
Trust me I’ll keep trying.
If you are a part of Barry’s camp, get the big guy to give me a couple of words and stop dealing with folk who will twist and turn Barry’s words for their own “constituency branding” satisfaction. Why do Black athletes deal with this nonsense. Thank God for mediums like TSF and anything out there similar. HIS-story is bullshit. This is mystory.