Friday, September 28th, 2007 at 3:56 pm  |  30 responses

Gilbert Wants Controversial Barry Bonds Ball

by Marcel Mutoni

Surely you’ve heard the story of clothing designer Mark Ecko and the ball Barry Bonds hit for his record-breaking 756th homerun: Basically, Ecko dropped a little over $750,000 for the baseball, and then started an online vote to determine its fate. Among the choices, people could vote to have it sent into outer space, it could be donated to the Hall of Fame as is, or it could be branded with an asterisk.

After more than 10 million votes were recorded, the people elected to have an asterisk put on the ball. The Baseball Hall of Fame said they’d accept the ball because it’s an historical artifact, but didn’t necessarily agree with the asterisk.

Gilbert Arenas, man of the people that he is, now says that he wants to buy the ball from Ecko and he’s willing to pay $800,000 for it. From Dan Steinberg’s DC Sports Bog:

“It’s history,” Gil began. “It’s still history. I mean, the guy’s a man before he’s some big slugger. I mean, how you just going to take what this man’s done for his career and, as another man, say ‘Hey, you were accused of this, you allegedly did this, I want to take this away from you.’ I mean, what if we took away your Ecko company?”

“It depends,” Gilbert said. “If the Hall wants it, I’ll give it to the Hall, unmarked. If not, I’ll keep it. I’ll give it to Barry’s son. I don’t know, or at least do something positive with it, auction it off, build something, build some homes for the homeless, I don’t know. Do something positive. “I want to send it to space.” Did you hear that? “I want to send it to space?” As soon as he said that, I was like, is this Superman, sitting and waving all those nuclear bombs, sending them into space?”

For what it’s worth, I think what Ecko did (despite his claims to the contrary) is nothing more than a publicity stunt. Seriously, what would sending the ball into outer space prove? In these confusing times, it’s good to know that Gilbert is around to provide guidance and direction.

(Update: Deadspin got Gilbert to admit that he surfs for internet porn. I feel a lot better about my own life after finding out about this.)

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  • http://myspace.com/bodiebarnett jbn74sb

    Of course it was a publicity stunt. And as entertaining as he may be, Gilbert should probably just focus on hoops for a bit.

  • Tom

    any day with a superman 4 reference is good day, once again bloggers and reporters must be thanking God for a guy like Arenas always giving them material to work with.

  • Jukai

    For the first time ever, Gilbert went down in my books. WAHHHHH WHY WONT YOU GUYS STOP PICKING ON BARRY BONDS WAHHHHHH!

  • http://miamiheat.com Reggie Evans

    He should make a Barry Bonds shoe.

  • http://www.cfpf.org.uk/articles/rdp/caasqp/caasqp.html Tarzan Cooper

    steroids are bad, mmmmmmkay?

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    The ball was a GREAT investment for Marc Ecko. $750,000 would have bought him what, a page in GQ? Instead he got a TON of free coverage. Good deal. And why’s Gilbert lowballing dude? If he really wants it that bad, offer a mil at LEAST.

  • http://slamonline.com BK


  • Ted Dibaise

    Everybody has a price

  • Blinguo

    Have Gilbert draw the ECKO Rhino on that dry eraseboard shoe he is going to have. More free pub.

  • Mike Bibby

    God Bless you Gilbert!!!

    Bay Area represent …. agent 0 and Bonds are buddies…. I hate Marc Ecko is his ghetto clothes… BARRY was the BEST!!!! and gilbert is the man!!!

  • http://www.rubensborges.wordpress.com Rubens

    preach gil!

  • http://www.rubensborges.wordpress.com Rubens

    and you guys don’t know how i had to fight the urge to write “and here’s another hit barry bonds!”… do’h!

  • mj was best always wil be

    ok if mark ecko is so much of a idiot dat hes gonna pay 750k for a ball i mean hell its a peice a histry no doubt but if he gonna pay cash like dat i wud just say keep it down whip it into space are u RETARDED dats like throwing cash into space well gils doin rite thing and ecko has another publicity stunt not that its much of a surprise to me and trust me mj will never be topped pce ROCK ON AGENT 0

  • http://dwflashmsn.com PG27

    Gilbert Arenas should make a Barry Bonds Shoe.He could wear it when the wizards visit Goldenstate.It could be SanFrancisco Giants colors with a baseball and the number 756 on the toungue or something!

  • phenom1

    mark ecko’s juz jealous coz he cant play a man’s sport!!he’s a big wuss with a lot of money to hurt people’s feelings and legacy!

  • http://www.freewebs.com/gilzero zerotwohero

    I personaly do not think that it is worth that much. But it is worth however much you are willing to pay for it. To Gilbert it is worth $800,000.

  • adm

    Give Gilbert a regular Slam column!

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Rubens, you beat me to it. Kanye should buy the ball.

  • T. Dowey

    Gilbert should choose his battles better. For someone who donates a lot of his time and money to charity I’m a little surprised he doesn’t know of an outlet other than Ecko’s wallet that would appreciate 800,000 dollars, right? I say ‘a little surprised’ because Gil is the reason why truth is stranger than fiction.
    adm — that’s a great idea. If the C’s big three get a cover and Gil gets a regular column im re-upping my subscription pronto!

  • T. Dowey

    It’s his money though and dude deserves to spend it on frivilous stuff if he wants. Asterisking the ball is major prejudice (and unecessary) — yeah, I get it Gil — but is there nothing more important than bailing out Balco Barry? Come on now. BB is like OJ — innocent on the outside guilty on the inside.

  • http://kaycephotography.com/kayceonline/?cat=6 Kayce Online

    Gil really talks a lot but he’s entertaining at least.. and i actually agree with his take on this matter for once too =)

  • http://hagreen513hotmail.com Andre green

    Hey I just sent my only wack ecko shirt to space naw, only to the trash can. I will no longer support ecko or g-unit because it’s the same crap. I bought the shirt for $6 I should have just given the money to a fake homeless dude. So let’s boycott ecko for not being a man of the people.

  • Jose

    Ecko should make a pair of kicks of of that ball(the leather and stuff) then sell that eh.

  • Jose

    Ecko should make a pair of kicks out of that ball(the leather and stuff) then sell that eh.

  • ballaboy23

    i just dont get why someone would want to get rid of the ball i say giv it to the base ball hall of fame

  • chubbzie

    i applaud gil’s stand on this issue! everything he has said is spot on…bonds is a man after all and he wasnt proven of anything…but in the end i doubt ecko is gonna sell it back for 800 000! I doubt he would sell it to gil for any price after the stuff gil has said! It would be tragic if he marked it

  • Jared

    I hate Barroid but good for Gil…that’s real talk from an athlete to another athlete…respect

  • Allenp

    I thought the bomb thing was in Superman 2. With the villian who got his power from the sun?

  • h-town nick

    The implication here is clear. Gil is on ‘roids. Or is just a basth!t insane genius. My money is on the latter.

  • john

    gilbert still talking funny stuff.