Bonds: No asterisk, or I’ll boycott Hall of Fame
Just one more post about Barry Bonds — unless and until one of two things happen, he retires or comes back to haunt his former team.
In an interview with NBC and the MSNBC show “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” aired on Olbermann’s show today, Bonds answered questions on his future and also commented on the fate of his 756th home run ball. (To recount: The ball was auctioned by the fellow who caught it, and clothing magnate Marc Ecko was the winner. In an online contest, Ecko asked the public to determine the fate of the ball, and a majority voted to “mark it with an asterisk and send it to the Hall of Fame” — which, to the surprise of many, accepted the doctored ball.) Bonds has heaped scorn on this outcome, and in today’s interview he said that if the ball goes into the Hall of Fame with an asterisk he will never bestow his presence on that institution. He didn’t say he would refuse induction; he said that if the marked ball is there, “I won’t be there.”
More after the jump.
Olbermann tried to make much of some indirect hints that Bonds may be finished with baseball. He spoke in the interview as if no teams have expressed interest in hiring him for next year, and when asked if he would “retire as a Giant,” said absolutely yes: “That’s my house,” said the player who recently said he’d like to own part of the team.
Bonds, looking a little flabby and with odd creases on his face as if he had been wearing a diving mask, also said he didn’t know what the outcome of the Mitchell steroids investigation would be, but “I have nothing to hide, I have said that before and I will say it now and I will look you in the face, I have nothing to hide, nothing. So look all you want to.”