We all know the stories. Back in the day, the chaw was the rage. We've all seen that scene in "The Sandlot" when all the kids try chewing tobacco because all their favorite baseball players do it. This has become a common motif in anti-tobacco campaigns: trying to stop visible figures from doing it because young, impressionable fans who idolize players might just try it and get addicted. It seems the issue of chewing tobacco has fallen out of the spotlight lately. Its use in Major League Baseball has declined due to policies bans in the minor leagues, but there are still many players who do it. I was somewhat naive about the whole issue until about my sophomore year in high school, when I found out that my team's pitching coach dipped. (Dip is fine-cut tobacco that is placed between the li ...
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Article written by Dave Meisel