Dipping is baseball, baseball is America, and unless Putin quietly slipped himself into the Oval Office while Barry turns Havana to Atlanta, this is still America, right?
First of all… what in the absolute fuck, New York City? Are you gonna ban hats from the park too? Because that’s basically the same thing. Chewing tobacco is as engrained in the game of baseball as the bat and the ball itself. Everyone knows that at least one player must have a lip in at all times. It’s an unwritten rule, like throwing at the other teams best player after yours gets hit. You take this away and we might as well be playing cricket out there. Dipping is baseball, baseball is America, and unless Putin quietly slipped himself into the Oval Office while Barry turns Havana to Atlanta, this is still America, right?
On a more serious note though… how exactly is this gonna be policed?
Seriously, how is this supposed to work? Are cops just gonna walk into the dugout and write tickets to the seven players packing horseshoes? Will concerned citizens start calling in the tip line if they see a tin in Brett Gardner’s back pocket? Are security guards gonna toss fans for dipping in the bleachers? Can people make citizen’s arrests for something that can basically be described as chewing a piece of gum
I just don’t see any realistic scenario where this is actually going to be enforced. Like, if Matt Harvey has to throw one in on the mound because he’s self destructing in the 9th, is Officer Prosciutto gonna charge the field to write him a ticket?
Even without touching on the “personal freedoms” aspect, this whole this is stupid. As long as tobacco and baseball still exist, players and fans are going to dip at a ballgame, no matter what the rules are. Everyone here has gone to the liquor store a block up from Yankee Stadium and snuck nips into the stadium in their waist line. And everyone here will just shove a tin in their shoe or a pouch in their sock so they can dip during the twelve hour baseball game they’re about to watch. No stupid city ordinance and half-assed enforcement from a cop who probably has Redman in his back pocket is gonna change anything.