Saturday, October 9, 2010

Gwynn Battles Cancer

Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn has cancer of the salivary gland. The 50-year old Padres legend and current head coach at San Diego State, had a great quote. He said, "They say this is a slow-moving but aggressive form of cancer. I'm going to be aggressive and not slow-moving in treating this." Good attitude. I'm hoping and praying he beats this thing and I'm confident he will.
Gwynn attributes his cancer to chewing tobacco during his playing days. That stuff is nasty and I can't understand why anyone would chew that crap. It causes oral cancer, throat cancer and stomach cancer among others. Is is a nasty habit.
Funny, minor league baseball likes to thrust its chest out by claiming they have banned and eliminated chewing tobacco. Bullspit.
Chewing tobacco is very prevalent in the minors. I saw it first hand when I announced minor league ball for five seasons. Guys may not chew it on the field or in the dugout. But they chew it everywhere else. The umpires, who are supposed to enforce the no-chewing rule, don't do it since most of them chew as well. Anytime you hear someone say they don't chew tobacco in the minors is lying or they don't know what they are talking about. It's just chewed more discreetly. Some guys actually wrap their dip around bubble gum and get their fix that way.
I hope Gwynn beats his cancer and I also hope it gets many people, young and old to quit the habit or just not start.

7 comments:

  1. this is why i hate the internet. dumb fucking people like you get a forum

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  2. This is why I hate the internet. Dumber fucking people like this guy ^^^^ who has no balls because he can't even post his comment with his name attached, trash pther people for saying something they don't like or agree with

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  3. welcome to the United Socialist States of America where you cant do anything with out approval from the government. If I want to chew let me if I want to drink let me. If you dont want to chew then dont.

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  4. "Chewing tobacco is very prevalent in the minors. I saw it first hand when I announced minor league ball for five seasons. Guys may not chew it on the field or in the dugout. But they chew it everywhere else."

    ...so they don't chew during games....what are you talking about

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  5. Wow, so Minor League Baseball is now the government? Who knew?

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  6. This doesn't even involve the government. Minor League Baseball is likened to a private company. If they want to ban chewing tobacco it's just like any other company saying you can't dip on the job. If players don't agree with it then they don't have to play baseball.

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  7. To the jerk who hates the internet, Why do you use it? Actually, I think the writer makes some great points and if he saw tobacco being used first hand how can you argue with that?
    You seem to be a bitter guy or gal.
    Frank, Columbia, Missouri

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