Asterisked For Posterity.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t make some form of comment on the revelation of the vote that Marc Ecko held on what to do with regard to Barry Bonds’ record-breaking home run ball, after I commented on it last week.

To no one’s real shock, Ecko revealed that the ball will be stamped with an asterisk and given to the Hall of Fame, which, of course, has no problem taking the piece of memorabilia rather than have it sit in someone’s private collection. As such, I reiterate my call to stamp the Hall of Fame with a nice fat symbol of historical accuracy — give it an asterisk all its own; Bonds should not be the only one amounting to such scrutiny. So many times, while the Hall of Fame is supposed to be a complete museum to the good and bad of baseball, we pervert the thinking behind this. The debates about who gets in and whether “character” (such as the sportswriting cognoscenti defines it) are often useless — and the great players who were undesirable fuckwads get in anyway.

Having a Bonds record be the only one with an actual visual reminder seems slightly unfair. But, sadly, the asterisk on the Hall of Fame won’t be happening any time soon.

Here’s to keeping the blinders on willfully; it appears to be part of the American way these days.


2 Responses

  1. Having a Bonds record be the only one with an actual visual reminder seems slightly unfair.

    “You missed all these guys, so it’s not fair to shame anybody no matter what” isn’t particularly fair either. Bonds damaged the integrity of the game — indeed, will probably be synonymous with the game’s damaged integrity in the public mind, and an asterisk on this record ball seems highly appropriate no matter how much of a racist drunk Ty Cobb was.

    Putting the ball in the Hall without a very visible reminder of the cloud of suspicion the sport has been operating under for the past few years thanks to Bonds, McGwire et al isn’t fair to history. And yes, history has been whitewashed before, but you’ve gotta start somewhere.

    — Ajax.

  2. […] rightfully so.  Marc Ecko’s stunt of “democracy” with #756 turned into the usual mob rule, deciding that the public, informed solely by a press that […]

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