There was a lot of speculation over what was going to happen to the ball. Bonds didn't want it, and the guy who caught it was a Mets fan who happened to be coming through town on his way to Australia. Talk about dumb luck.
So what happened to the ball? Mets dude sold it this week via an auction, and made a hair more than $750,000. Holy crap. That is a boat load of money for a baseball.
But it gets better. The guy who bought it, who clearly has a sense of humor to match his bank account, has posted a Web poll, asking fans what he ought to do with the ball.
The choices are:
1) Bestow it: Give it to the hall of fame
2) Brand it: Stamp an asterisk on the ball (indicating that it was a record won under fishy circumstances - the steroid scandal of course) and then give it to the hall of fame
3) Banish it: Have it blasted into outer space
Whichever option gets the most votes is what he's going to do. Man, do I love democracy.
In typical asshole fashion, Bonds commented, "He's stupid. He's an idiot. He spent $750,000 on the ball and that's what he's doing with it? What he's doing is stupid."
Maybe, but it's also funny. When I voted for #3 tonight, more than 2.5 million other votes had been cast. If only we could get those kind of numbers in the off year elections...
Thanks to John C for the tip!