Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn’s death should be a wake-up call for all MLB players
Diamondbacks reliever Addison Reed has decided to quit using chewing tobacco in response to the recent death of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn. Gwynn died of salivary-gland cancer, which he attributed to his years of using chewing tobacco. This revelation really had an impact on Addison as it should all MLB players because chewing tobacco is deeply imbeded in the baseball culture.
“It’s one of those things where I’ve done it for so long it’s just become a habit, a really bad habit,” Reed said of using smokeless tobacco. “It was something I always told myself I would quit, like next month, and the next thing you know it’s been six or seven years.”
Yes…and six or seven years could be the difference between life and death. I applaud Addison Reed for being so vocal and open about his decision to make a change. Going against the grain of a practice deeply rooted in baseball’s culture is courageous and, in this case, it’s also common sense.
Death is one helluva motivator.
What do you think?
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