Barry Bonds is miffed about the result of the auction for his 756th home run ball.
Barry Bonds said Thursday he won’t go to the Baseball Hall of Fame–even if he’s elected–if the baseball he hit to break Hank Aaron’s record is displayed with an asterisk.
Entrepreneur Marc Ecko bought the ball in an SCP Auction and put it to a vote. Fans decided the ball should stay intact rather than be blown to smithereens, but the ball would be branded with an asterisk to indicate a belief that the new home run record was tainted by Bonds’ alleged use of performance enhancers.
In an interview Thursday night, Bonds said if the ball enters Cooperstown with the mark, he won’t show should writers eventually decide to vote him in.
"I don’t think you can put an asterisk on the game of baseball," Bonds told Jim Gray. "I don’t think that the Hall of Fame can accept an asterisk. You cannot give people the right to alter history. You can’t do it. There’s no such thing as an asterisk in baseball."
Despite the pledge to brand it, Ecko has yet to tamper with the ball, nor has he presented it to the Hall of Fame.