The bonfire was always a big deal in my town when I was younger. It was held on a field adjacent to the high school (we only had one) and was a part of the annual fall season pep rally. You know, a real New England affair. Until a foreign exchange student got alcohol poisoning my freshman year of high school, forever committing the yearly bonfire to memory - stupid foreigners. So it will come to no surprise that I plan on heading to Chicago for the Greatest. Bonfire. Ever.
As part of a Barry Bonds boycott, Bleachers Sports, a 15-year veteran of the Chicago sports memorabilia scene, plans to burn all of it's Bonds merchandise the day he breaks Hank Aaron’s home run record. Owner Keith McDonough has removed all Bonds baseball cards from a collection that’s about 5 million deep, including autographed items as well, and will burn each and every one. "Bonds knew he was taking performance-enhancing drugs, and he continued to take them after Major League Baseball declared their use to be illegal," he told chicagosports.com. "We have hundreds of children as customers and at least they will know that we do not support attaining athletic superiority through chemical ingestion. Quite simply, we want kids to say 'no' to taking steroids and any other drugs like this, so we will at least not sell Barry Bonds in our store."
At least now we know where Bud Selig's going to be the night Bonds breaks the record.