Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Updated: September 20, 9:50 AM ET
Zookeeper Toys With Bonds' Ball
SAN FRANCISCO-Barry Bonds thinks Marc Ecko, who purchased the ball from his 756th home run, is wasting his money, according to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle.
Ecko, a fashion desiginer whose 'Mark Ecko Enterprises' owns Zoo York, purchased the baseball for $750,000 and is taking votes at vote756.com on what he should do with it: Give the ball to the Baseball Hall of Fame, brand it with an asterisk and then give it to the Baseball Hall of Fame, or blast it into space.
Bonds says he doesn't care that the options include an asteriskimplying that the home run record should be viewed with skepticism in light of his alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs. But he questioned why someone would spend $750,000 on a baseball and then propose ways to get rid of it, the Chronicle reported.
"He's stupid. He's an idiot," Bonds said, according to the newspaper. "He spent $750,000 on the ball and that's what he's doing with it? What he's doing is stupid."
"All of those options don't weigh anything," he said, according to the report. "In baseball, that number  stands."
Ecko did not directly respond to Bonds' comments Wednesday, but said in a statement he would make Bonds a custom T-shirt that says, "Marc Ecko paid $752,467 for my ball, and all I got was this 'stupid' T-shirt.'"
Information from The Associated Press and espn.com was used in this report.