Barry Bonds Lashes Out

Barry Bonds tells the San Francisco Chronicle that the man who bought his 756th home run ball and announced plans to let the public decide its fate is an "idiot." Bonds says fashion designer Marc Ecko could have found a better way to spend three-quarters of a million dollars.

Ecko had the winning bid Saturday in the online auction for the ball that Bonds hit last month to break Hank Aaron's record of 755 home runs.

The 35-year-old Ecko has set up a Web site that lets visitors vote on three options for the ball: give it to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, brand it with an asterisk before sending it to Cooperstown or blast it into space on a rocket ship.

The asterisk would suggest that Bonds' record is tainted by alleged steroid use. The Giants slugger has denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs.

Ecko has not directly responded to Bonds' comments, but says in a
statement he will make Bonds a custom T-shirt that says, "Marc Ecko paid $752,467 for my ball, and all I got was this 'stupid' T-shirt."'

Ecko plans to announce what he will do with number 756 after voting ends on the 25th of this month.

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