|The Travesty of the handling of the Barry Bonds 73rd home run ball.||| Print |||Send|
Written by Jonathan Leshanski (Contact & Archive) on December 30, 2002
The Bonds ball case was mishandled grossly and not by the wheels of justice. While judge Kevin McCarthy did his best to act like a modern day Solomon, the point of what truly happened was missed; the baseball should not have been awarded to either of the contestants.
Only in sports can the person who first gets to a point be considered the sole winner of the prize. But in real life, getting to a place first does not guarantee you will get to keep what you have gotten. Be it in technology, business, or even love. Even in a race one doesn’t win what they get to first, it it the final ribbon, the gold ring, or even the moon. Like the moon somethings are bigger than being personal or even national property.
Bond’s 73rd home run ball was not worth less than $10. It is a piece of baseball’s history and belongs in one of two places, either Barry Bonds’ mantelpiece or Cooperstown, in either place it would be kept as mark of accomplishment. Whoever caught a ball with significance like this could still be rewarded. MLB could easily have given both of these guys a replacement baseball, maybe even one signed, specially by Barry Bonds.
It would have saved taxpayer money spent in this trial, it would have prevented violence in stands, it would have protected a piece of baseball history, and it would have prevented baseball from being a sideshow in this carnival of law.