So Where Exactly is the Barry Bonds #762 Ball?

2/5/08 in MLB   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

As we get closer and closer to spring training, one of the questions out there is will Barry Bonds ever have the opportunity to suit up for an MLB team again? There's definitely no guarantee that he will. With Bonds still facing perjury charges, and carrying the extra weight of the BALCO scandal, it seems like his playing days may be done whether he likes it or not.

So this begs another interesting question: Where in the hell is home run ball #762?

In 2007, MLB took painstaking efforts to preserve the balls leading up to Bonds surpassing Hank Aaron as the all-time home run leader. But after that, they simply stopped tagging balls, either due to spite or sheer stupidity. My guess is with Selig still the commissioner, it was probably the latter.

It was definitely a weird decision either way. Like him or not, Bonds will remain the home run king for at least several more years, that is if A-Rod can even catch him.

And let's just be upfront here. That ball is worth some big time money. Bonds' 755th home run ball sold for $186,750. #756 went for $752,467. Even Bonds' 700th home run ball brought over $100,000 at auction. #762 would probably surpass them all.

Bonds hit #762 on September 5 against the Rockies in Colorado. It was launched into the seats where fans tussled over it in the left-centerfield bleachers but the camera cut away before anyone emerged with the ball. The Rockies didn't bother to track down the fan who grabbed it. No one from baseball did either.

A baseball official said MLB planned never had any intention to start authenticating Bonds' homers again with two weeks left in the season, but the homer at Coors Field came earlier and would prove to be Bonds's last of 2007.

Three months ago CNBC business blogger Darren Rovell Rovell asked the fan who wound up with the ball to provide some kind of evidence. Last week he said he received five notes in total since his request, but none provided actual proof despite added publicity over the ball's potential value of $1 million should Bonds not hit another. Rovell has again asked the fan to come forward.

To some people, it may seem like poetic justice that the ball that set the new home run record may never be found. But it also seems to say something about how desperate baseball is to sweep the Steriod Era under the rug, even if it means burying history.

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