Arlington To Baseball Players: Please, No Chewing Tobacco In World Series

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four U.S. senators and health officials from the cities hosting the World Series are urging the baseball players union to agree to a ban on chewing tobacco at games and on camera.

The senators, including the No. 2 Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois, and the health officials from St. Louis and Arlington, Texas, made the pleas in separate letters, obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. The World Series between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals begins in St. Louis Wednesday night.

The senators told union head Michael Weiner that when players use smokeless tobacco, they endanger their own health as well as the health of kids who watch the games on TV.

Leading health officials in St. Louis and Arlington urged players in the series to abstain from using tobacco, in addition to calling for a permanent ban.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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  • darrell

    i guess you shouldnt sell alchohol to the fans. or those high fat high cholesteral snacks either. those will be on camera. oh, cant be scratching your nuts either. no close up camera shots either. wouldnt want someone to read lips and see a negative comment or the expression on someones face if they get upset. why not just broadcast it on radio only. solves all those problems. you can show carefully censored film clips later after they have been sanitized.

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  • TXTX

    I agree with Darrell….sounds like the wonderful censorship of China. They are adults. Let them do what they want to do.

  • undertaker

    your comment is short-sided. if a kid really likes a ballplayer, and see them chewing something that isn’t gum, they’ll want to do what they’re doing to feel like they’re as good as that player. they won’t look at the camera and see people drinking beer or eating nachos and say “HEY, I WANNA EAT AND DRINK WHATEVER THEY’RE EATING AND DRINKING”, they’re saying “I WANNA LOOK AND BE JUST LIKE JOSH HAMILTON”, which includes chewing tobacco sometimes.

    • Danny

      I know this may be a novel idea but why don’t we let the parents take responsibility for raising their children and telling them the dangers of tobacco….I don’t know call me crazy..

    • darrell

      should your comment be directed at me your mistaken. once you start letting those with an agenda tell you what to do, everyone with an agenda chimes in. then one day you look up and its no longer the sporting event with all of its flavor and personality anymore. its something else. maybe they should put up cyclone fencing around the inside of every stadium so that foul balls, home runs, broken bats dont injure spectators or tempt them to lean out over railings where they might fall. take away courtside seats at basketball games and put everyone in bleachers with rails. its one thing to ask players and coaches to abstain. its another to legislate it.

      • Gumby Rules

        Sorry, but I must have missed something here. Where in the article above are they talking about “legislating” no tobacco during the WS?

      • darrell

        perhaps the word legislating is not the best one to use. the word “Dictating” may be more applicable.
        either way it wasnt put as a request, it was stated as an expectation.

      • Gumby Rules

        Since when did “urging” as stated in the article become “dictating” as stated by yourself?

        Sorry I just don’t see either.

        I agree that they have the right to do as they wish since they are adults. i also use to dip so I understand how nasty it is, BUT it is a personal choice. If I don’t want to see it on the TV I will change channels. Guess I will have to watch them spit and drool because I am not going to forgo the WS.

        GO RANGERS!!!!!

        In five.

      • darrell

        urging. by definition.

        1: to present, advocate, or demand earnestly or pressingly
        2: to undertake the accomplishment of with energy, swiftness, or enthusiasm
        3 a: solicit, entreat
        b: to serve as a motive or reason for
        4: to force or impel in an indicated direction or into motion or greater speed
        5: (stimulate), provoke

        dictate. definition
        : to speak or act domineeringly
        and i guess you still dont see it.

  • bored stiff

    Why dont we ban senators & all politicalpeaple from pay raises instead!!!

  • M Castillo

    We don’t need your input on what baseball players should or should not be doing about chewing or anything else. Sounds a little like communism to me. Doesn’t surprise me Arlington Texas officials are sticking ther nose in everybody’s business. As far as the Senators go, fix the economy and quit worrying about something parents should be taking care of anyway. WE don’t need your help.

  • EllieMae

    They’ve done it all year and now, during the World Series, they want to ban it. Leave the players alone and let them play. If you want to ban something like that, it should be done before the season starts.

  • djhtex

    Arlington. Mind your own business.

  • Gumby Rules

    heck, if some of these guys don’t have a dip or chew in their mouths they won’t be recognized.

  • Joe Mama

    This is the biggest crock of horse hockey I have seen in a long time. When will the government stop trying to violate our constitutional rights. I hate dealing with overly drunk idiots at baseball games, and the foul language that my kids have to be exposed too. Why not focus on cleaning that up, before we worry about the players chew!

  • Joe

    Why don’t they ask the players to not use tobacco instead of trying to get the union to ban them from using it? I feel showing the use of alcohol by fans in the stands is way worse than the players spitting nasty stuff. If a player dies from smokeless tobacco that’s his business, if a drunk fan runs over me and kills me that’s different.

  • TexYank

    Maybe we shouldn’t keep score either. I’d hate for the losing team to have a lowered self esteem

  • darrell

    what the hell. lets just cancel the world series. tell all the little kids that their heros are really just a bunch of thugs with bad habits and are evil examples of how they should live their lives. take away their jerseys, hats, gloves, balls and bats and not let them play that sport anymore.
    but the NFL is ok. they only have drug problems, fight dogs illegaly, abuse women, sometimes commit murder. thats a sport that builds character. not like those evil spitting baseball players. better yet, how about boxing, where your goal is to beat your opponent into a near coma to win. now there is a sport with class.

  • Liberty and Tyranny

    Stop F—ING with our RIGHTS and FREEDOMS, you jackanapes! Shouldn’t Turban Durbin be working on fixing the damn economy, anyway?

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  • Ron

    It is an issue that should not be an issue. We again have politicians getting involved in matters that do not concern them or their constituents.

    There is way more things that can be taken out of sports or shown on tv for that matter.

    This is a non issue and should not have been brought up!

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