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.