The Barry Bonds Plaque Has Been Stolen

  • Rick Chandler

Inside job? Hand of God? Bonds himself? Somehow, the 6-foot tall bronze plaque honoring Barry Bonds’ record-breaking 756th career home run has disappeared from a wall inside of AT&T Park, and the Giants say they have no idea what happened to it. The plaque was bolted and glued to the right-field wall above the stands, where you’d pretty much need a ladder or grappling hooks and rope to get at it.

First reported by Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle, the space where the plaque used to be now just shows some dried white glue residue.

“We’re in the process of replacing it,” Giants spokeswoman Staci Slaughter said. “We’re not sure what happened. We’re reviewing video, but haven’t found anything yet.”

Well, it hasn’t yet turned up on eBay. Or the actual San Francisco Bay. Would it be too much to ask for the Giants to not put up a new one? The thing has always been a monument to steroid use: kids look at it every day. Bonds of course still denies ever knowingly taking illegal PEDs, but then Bonds says a lot of things.

My only hope is that there’s a secret society out there which vows to remove Bonds plaques as fast as the Giants can put them back up.