Barry Bonds 756 home run plaque stolen from AT&T Park

Erasing traces of Bonds? Or just a prankster in SF?

4/24/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

Blog Photo - Barry Bonds 756 home run plaque stolen from AT&T Park

As you can see in the picture above, there used to be a plaque on that brick wall at AT&T Park.

It was a plaque commemorating Barry Bonds' record-breaking 756th home run.

Blog Photo - Barry Bonds 756 home run plaque stolen from AT&T ParkThe SF Chronicle has a somewhat interesting theory that perhaps the GIants are trying to erase all memory of Bonds, who was one of the greatest players in Giants history, yet hasn't been honored as such by the team.

His number hasn't been retired, he's no on their Wall of Fame, and he's not in their statue garden. Despite the fact that he was arguably a better player than anyone else in team history, except for Willie Mays.

It turns out that this plaque was stolen, and it's not just the Giants trying to hide all traces of Bonds' memory. They're making a new one right now, and it'll be replaced soon.

However, it sure does seem like an inside job. It's a 6-feet sign, and a fan would have to pry it off the wall right in front of thousands of other fans while the game was being televised, and then they'd have to somehow sneak it out of the stadium.

An employee, on the other hand, could enter the park any time, steal the sign under the cover of darkness, and then walk right out of the park, or even drive it out, right in the back of a pickup truck.

We'll see if they end up finding the culprit, but I tend to doubt it. The fact that they've already announced that they're making a new one seems to indicate that they're not terribly concerned with finding the original.

Maybe we'll see it on eBay someday.
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4/25/13   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

huskerdoug2009 wrote:
In that case he may never get his number retired by the Giants.  As much as I like Barry Bonds, I think baseball's brass along with a few other Hall of Fame voters have made it their goal in life to make sure Bonds,Rose,Big Mac and A-Rod never get in the Hall. 

Baseball brass have nothing to do with it.  It is in the hands of the BBWA.  And after that, the Veteran's Committee get their shot.  I think he will make it through the writers selection, however.  It should have been on his first try but it will probably take a few years.  Once a newer crop of writers become members who weren't personally offended by Bonds he will stand a better chance.

4/25/13   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2795 respect

ML31 wrote:
Giants don't retire numbers until they are in the Hall of Fame.  #25 will be retired once he gets in.  Sooner or later he will be.  The Wall of Fame is a good point...  Bonds ought to be on it.  I don't think there is a retirement waiting period...  I think the Giants might have dropped the ball on that one.

In that case he may never get his number retired by the Giants.  As much as I like Barry Bonds, I think baseball's brass along with a few other Hall of Fame voters have made it their goal in life to make sure Bonds,Rose,Big Mac and A-Rod never get in the Hall. 

4/25/13   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

Giants don't retire numbers until they are in the Hall of Fame.  #25 will be retired once he gets in.  Sooner or later he will be.  The Wall of Fame is a good point...  Bonds ought to be on it.  I don't think there is a retirement waiting period...  I think the Giants might have dropped the ball on that one.