Thursday, September 27, 2007


It's not really art, and yet designer Mark Ecko's decision to brand Barry Bonds' record-breaking homerun ball with an asterisk might well be one of the finest conceptual art-like moves I've ever seen. The gesture fully captures how a large part of the population feels about both Barry Bonds and his dope-fiend record. Mr. Bonds, you're ready for your footnote.


Avi said...

I've never really cared for Mark Ecko, but I have to admit that with this inspired idea he has justified his existence on this planet.
Fortunately, Bond's dubious career homerun record will not last forever; barring any serious injuries (such as death), Alex Rodriguez should break it in about seven years. Unfortunately, the single-season record of 73, also held by "Barroid," will be harder to break.
Now if only Ecko could get his hands on that 73 ball and mark that with an asterisk...


Heart As Arena said...

Aviman: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Avi said...

Interesting article in the NY Times this morning, by William C. Rhoden, about this subject. He opines that the Baseball Hall of Fame should not accept the ball from Ecko, and makes some valid points.

Here's the link:
(feel free to remove this link if I'm violating some sort of blog ethics by posting it).

Heart As Arena said...

Thanks for the linkage, Avi.

Blog ethics? Here? Not so much. Here's the link made easier.

Wow. That writer. Quite the comedian: "If Hall officials stood on principles . . ." Funny.