Some super-rich fashion designer bought Barry Bonds’ magic home-run ball, and then put up a poll online to determine its fate. If you hadn’t heard, the options were:

  1. Donating it to the Baseball Hall of Fame;
  2. Launching it into space; or
  3. Branding it with an asterisk, and then donating it to the baseball hall of fame.

Well, the results are in, and it looks like the ball will be asterisked, and put on display in Cooperstown.

And this is just the right thing to do. Whether you think Barry doth protest too loudly, or has been unfairly lynched out of spite for greatness, marking the ball will forever memorialize the controversy surrounding his achievement - something that would certainly never be placed on a nearby explanatory placard by the hall of fame.

History should never be whitewashed.