Friday, September 21, 2007

Vox Pop

(btw, the editors should have come up with a better choice of words for the headline)

Fate of Bonds’ Historic Ball in Hands of Fans

Designer who bought No. 756 sets up online vote to pick what to do with it

Fashion designer Marc Ecko spent $752,467 to buy Barry Bonds’ record 756th home-run ball, and now he wants baseball fans everywhere to decide what to do with it.

Ecko is offering three choices: Donate it as is to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.;brand it with an asterisk and donate it to the Hall of Fame; or put it on a rocket and blast it into space.

“I wanted the ball to democratize the ball and to give the ball to the people, to give the ball to America,” Ecko told TODAY co-host Matt Lauer during an exclusive interview Monday.

Ecko set up a Web page,, that allows fans to vote for one of the three options. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Sept. 25, and Ecko will announce which option won exclusively on TODAY. (link)

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