Barry Bonds' Home Run Plaque Is Missing, Giants Will Glue Another Up Shortly

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterApril 24, 2013

This is a job for some of San Francisco's finestor Scooby-Doo.

ESPN (via AP) reports the plaque commemorating Barry Bonds' historic 756th home run has gone missing, and all that remains is residue of the glue that held it in place. 

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

Yahoo! Sports received a tip from one of their readers who claims the plaque was seen in a dumpster. Here are a couple tweets from Giants fan Mike Heimowitz:

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."

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.