Tony Gwynn’s death has sent shockwaves throughout the sport of baseball, most notably the Washington Nationals ace, Stephen Strasburg. Strasburg who played for Gwynn at San Diego State, is motivated to give up chewing because of his daughter.
“I think it’s a disgusting habit, looking back on it,” Strasburg said. “I was pretty naive when I started. Just doing it here and there, I didn’t think it was going to be such an addiction. … Bottom line is, I want to be around for my family. This is something that can affect people the rest of your life. [Chewing tobacco is] so prevalent in this game. It’s something we all kind of grew up doing.” – Bill Ladsen, MLB.com
Smokeless tobacco is currently outlawed in the minors, but it still used heavily in the MLB. Almost half of the World Champion Red Sox team uses chewing tobacco. Hopefully, this tragedy encourages more baseball players to quit dipping.