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Barry Bonds Boycotts the Hall of Fame

By Rob Trahan(12,495) Rob Trahan

Posted Friday, November 02, 2007
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To be a professional athlete, you have to like the spotlight just a little bit. Some athletes crave the attention a little more than others. Like Alex Rodriguez, Kobe Bryant, Terrell Owens, Chad Johnson. And Barry Bonds.

Bonds had the opportunity to go quietly into the night after the Giants chose not to have him back at the end of last season. But Barry has never been one to quietly accept his fate, and has once again opened his mouth and given everyone a reason to cheer.

He announced today that if the Hall of Fame displays the ball he hit to break Hank Aaron's record he would never set foot in it, even for his induction. You'll remember that fashion designer Marc Ecko bought the 756 ball in an online auction and held a public vote to decide its fate. The country voted to have the ball branded with an asterisk to symbolize the could of steriod rumors that has followed Bonds and sent to the Hall. Hall of Fame representatives have said they will accept whatever is given to them and display what is appropriate. They rely on donations for their exhibits and have no way to procure the ball unless it is given to them.

Let's set aside the audacious claim by Bonds that he is assured a spot in the Hall for just a second and think about his threat itself. Would anyone really lose sleep if Bonds steered clear of Cooperstown? How awkward would it be if he reneged on his threat, was voted into the Hall of Fame and then booed at his induction ceremony? Maybe this is the best thing he could do!

As for the comment about his induction, I would have been more surprised if he had never mentioned it. It's no secret that Bonds is and has always been looking out for himself first. He's always had an ego the size of his head (it has grown at the same pace, also). Why wouldn't he just assume that he deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame?

Personally, I applaud Barry Bonds for his stand. I hope he holds to his promise. Maybe he can move to Paris with Johnny Depp, just avoid the US altogether.

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