Barry Bonds is heading to New York this week for the Giants' three-game series with the Mets, and because there are a ton of reporters here, expect Bonds to make some sort of headline in the next three days, whether he homers or not. (If we were Bonds, we'd avoid anybody with a combover for the next week.) The Bonds Ruins America stories kicked off this morning with Bonds making it clear that he's not going to just give away his memorabilia to the Hall of Fame.

"I'm not worried about the Hall," the San Francisco slugger said during a recent homer drought. "I take care of me."

We're not sure why Bonds should be blasted for wanting to make sure he benefits from his own successes โ€” it's not like those who have caught his home run balls have been impersonating Tim Forneris themselves โ€” and, frankly, the people who run the Baseball Hall of Fame always pull this "hey, what about us?" routine anytime the public consciousness suits them. Remember Dale Petroskey? He's the head of the Hall who famously banned Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon from a celebration of Bull Durham because their anti-President Bush comments "could put our troops in even more danger." (We still find it amazing Petroskey has a job after that, actually.) When it comes to Barry Bonds and Dale Petroskey, we choose to root for neither.

Bonds May Not Share Mementos With Hall Of Fame [ESPN]
Dale Petroskey [Wikipedia]

(We enjoyed The Dugout's take on this too.)