Bonds lashes out

^AP-MLB: Bonds-756 Ball
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ 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 respond 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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