There was an authenticator in the house the night Barry Bonds hit what could be his last home run.
So why didn’t the ball get tagged?
It’s up for sale now. Research has been done. Affidavits are signed. News conferences held.
Chances are it’s the right ball.
But there is no MLB marking on the baseball being sold as Barry Bonds’ 762nd –and perhaps final–home run.
MLB stopped the process after Bonds passed Hank Aaron at 756. However, we’ve been told over the past several months that baseball has authenticators in house for every game.
In fact, it turns out, according to San Francisco Chronicle reporter John Shea, that there was someone assigned to the Giants-Rockies game that night. But on September 5, his main focus was directed toward a milestone not quite as remarkable.
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