Most baseball fans have pretty strong opinions about Bonds and his chase to break Hank Aaron's record. Those that feel that the record will be tainted if Bonds breaks it often strongly chastise him as a cheater/pariah who tarnishes the sanctity of the game. The majority opinion seems to be that Bonds is an unethical cheater who shouldn't get to profit from his actions because he hasn't done things the right way. But here's an angle to this debate that I haven't seen discussed but which really could be an interesting ethics debate:
I'm assuming that the person that catches the ball certainly won't advertise it as the *tainted HR ball* if they choose to auction it (despite their personal feelings about Bonds). Is that really a safe assumption? Is it unethical for someone who thinks that Bonds is the poster-boy for everything that's wrong with the modern game to then suggest he legitimately broke one of baseball's most hallowed records in order to increase the value of the ball? Basically such a person would be profiting from cheating even though they legitimately caught the record breaking ball wouldn't they? Or is that just a lot of baloney-there's no link between Bonds and the person that catches the ball?
So here's the dilemma for redszoners... Assume that Bonds breaks the record in GABP while you're attending the game. What's your opinion about Bonds and what would you do with the record breaking ball if you caught it?
I'd love to hear everyone's reasons for voting the way they do.