This is a job for some of San Francisco's finest—or Scooby-Doo.
San Francisco Giants spokeswoman Staci Slaughter said Tuesday night that the reigning World Series champions are in the process of replacing the plaque, which hung on the brick facade inside the ballpark beneath the flag court area in right-center field until a few days ago. The team is investigating where the missing hardware might be, Slaughter said.
Update: Wednesday, April 24 at 1:55 p.m. ET
@bigleaguestew It was seen in pieces in a dumpster at the ballpark. Maybe someone TRIED to steal it, but the whole thing wasn't stolen— Mike Heimowitz (@heimy25) April 24, 2013
@bigleaguestew Not sure. One of my friends who is a season ticket holder said he tried to get one of the pieces but it was heavy to lift— Mike Heimowitz (@heimy25) April 24, 2013
If the plaque was ripped down, it wasn't taken in its entirety. Thanks to this fan, we can assume there were a few lucky people who took a piece of the memorial home.
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Yahoo! Sports helps us out with some visual aids to better understand the situation:
So either the glue holding the plaque in place faltered and let the piece of history fall into the lap of a very fortunate fan, or we have ourselves the end result of a drunken dare.
Hey, man. I bet you can't steal that Barry Bonds sign...
Fear not, fine denizens of AT&T Park, because a new plaque is coming your way. Slaughter continues, via ESPN: "We're in the process of replacing it. We're not sure what happened. We're reviewing video, but haven't found anything yet."
What is your take on the missing plaque?
From the looks of it—and I welcome anyone who has far better knowledge of the situation to come forward—the plaque wasn't exactly a work of fine metal and encrusted jewels the franchise would start throwing up roadblocks for. I mean, it was glued to the wall.
When they say they are reviewing footage, I imagine they have an intern watching CSI to figure out what their next move might be.
Alas, they will likely retrieve another plaque from the back room and slap it up on the wall, much in the same way college students put up posters in their dorm room.
We also agree with Yahoo! Sports' David Brown, who postures that this is hardly the work of a baseball fanatic trying to make a point about Bonds' legacy in the game.
More than likely, this is a Bonds super-fan who either happened upon or cleverly facilitated one of the best souvenirs you can take from the beautiful ballpark.
That is, until someone figures out how to fit that giant glove in the back of their car.