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Whooped upside the head with a baseball bat by the Karma Cops.

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Ryan Trask
07-16-2003
12:36 AM ET (US)
reading your headline i couldn't help but thinking of the line "karma police, arrest this man..."
Ah, Radiohead.

Of course, this is absurd, but I can understand the clamor at the game over it. It's a famous ball. One of the famousest. (haha) But yes, I get it.
I'm a fan too. :)
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mandrake
07-11-2003
09:13 PM ET (US)
A true fan would have returned the ball to Bonds in exchange for a handshake and an autograph.
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SazeracPerson was signed in when posted
07-09-2003
04:44 PM ET (US)
But if it's history that I don't give a living crap about, then it couldn't possibly really be worth that much money!

(Okay, egomaniac moment has passed ...)

I'll bet that baseball record will fall sooner or later. So, it'll be kinda like if we had been invaded and conquered by the Soviet Union back in the '60s, that Star Spangled Banner wouldn't be worth squat. (Yeah, that's it.)

Seriously, even if I were rich, I could think of so many better things I could do with $3.2 million dollars than to spend it on a historic baseball. God, I could buy 160,000 DVDs with that! (Not that I have time to watch all the DVDs I've already bought on my current decidedly non-rich income or anything...)
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Robb
07-09-2003
04:20 PM ET (US)
Yeah, but the baseball is a piece of history, no matter how trivial that piece of history is.

It's kind of like the Star Spangled Banner in the Smithsonian. There are lots of American flags out there. There are a lot less flags that date back to the War of 1812. But there is only one flag that is said to be Francis Scott Key's inspiration for "The Star Spangled Banner."

That said, the baseball is only going to have value as long as nobody breaks Barry Bonds' record. We'll see in a few years what it's worth...

And no, I'm not a baseball fan.
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SazeracPerson was signed in when posted
07-09-2003
03:58 PM ET (US)
Of course, the crowd were animals. I thought it was bad enough when people would push you over or step on your hand to get a Mardi Gras doubloon (actually, that's a necessary part of the whole experience).

But he sued the guy who ended up with it it? That made him not deserve anything (except to pay his crooked lawyer's bill). He was a bad sport, too.

Clever trick with the watermarking, but I'll still say that anyone who would pay that much money for a baseball has too much money, and should give it to me instead.
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baconwrapped
07-09-2003
03:46 PM ET (US)
Should explain two things here...the guy who caught the ball was dog-piled and PUMMELED by the crowd less than a second (timed on video) after he caught it. It's the crowd's sense of entitlement--"Hey, I WANT THAT BALL. AND I WILL BEAT YOU INTO A PULP IN ORDER TO GET IT." Hence, the lawsuit. Not that I have sympathy for the bunch, but I do shake my head with disgust at the lack of fair play demonstrated in the original melee.
  As for substituting another ball--all the balls used by Bonds during this time had watermarks on them, to prevent such a switcheroo.
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SazeracPerson was signed in when posted
07-09-2003
02:44 PM ET (US)
I know there are at least three friends of mine who would read this post and shake their heads sadly for a boy who couldn't possibly be less interested in baseball. Ah well, it takes all kinds ... (hey, that Dodger Dog was pretty good, though.)

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