Barry Bonds draws boos on the road, but there’s still a market for the baseballs that pull him closer to Hank Aaron. At Wrigley Field Thursday, one ballhawk snared #752 while an 8th grader from Freeport, Illinois told a local TV station about picking up #753…and what he plans to do with it.
The drought ended in Chicago Thursday. Barry Bonds was back in the lineup and feeding off the catcalls from Cubs’ fans with a pair of home runs.
The first was a bomb. #752 landed on a street outside the park where one of the omnipresent ballhawks ran it down. Dave Davison, a 39-year-old regular at Wrigley, retrieved the ball in the middle of the street after it bounced off someone else’s arm.
Davidson has retrieved more than 4,200 keepsake balls including one other from Bonds. He told the Associated Press he might be willing to sell this one but had already turned down an offer for $5,000.
"I’d have to seriously consider anything over $25,000," Davidson said. "I’ll be happy to keep it."
Later in the game, Bonds went deep to centerfield. This one barely made the basket in front of the bleachers, which was a good thing for a young fan with quick hands.
13 year-old Tyler Diehl was back home in Freeport, IL Thursday night, talking with a local TV station and showing off a souvenir and deciding what to do with it.
Bonds, who turns 43 on Tuesday, hadn’t homered since the first inning July 3 at Cincinnati and also ended a seven-game hitless stretch.
"I was just hoping they were going to throw the balls back like they said. I guess they lied," Bonds said. "I was going to put them in my trophy room."