Sometimes the perception becomes the truth, and if Bonds or MLB have not explained themselves properly regarding the “cream” problem, then the fans have every right to express their feeling. After all, editors at sports magazines get to decide what we read. Consider this our own editing process.
This battle between fans, sportswriters and athletes is all beside the point. On the conglomerate, they form the ties of history. Individually, none are bigger than the tides of history. History is not about the good, bad or the ugly- it’s about history. Period. For a sport that revels in history they should understand this better than anybody.
So the ball is to be sent to the hall. For shame! Shame!
That’s what a museum is there for. In my mind, the Baseball Hall of Fame is correct in accepting the ball. Gosh, we take sports a tiny bit too seriously sometimes. Bonds broke a hallowed record. Congratulations to him. It’s a part of baseball folklore and heritage now. However, it was achieved under a cloud of suspicion. It seems to me this ball will serve as a great reminder of this.
In the end, history will judge. It really isn’t about the “asterisk” per se. It may very well turn out that we will remove the asterisk or forget Marc Ecko one day.
But that isn’t the point, now is it? The point is that the ball will record the mood of a people during this particular baseball era. If we are honest, progressive and as skillful as we claim to be, then perhaps we have arrived at some form or variation of the truth.
Does it hurt?