Extra Bases

A swing and miss for Congress

According to this Associated Press story, House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Henry Waxman, a California Democrat, and Health Subcommittee chairman Frank Pallone have called on Major League Baseball to ban smokeless tobacco. They even held a hearing about it.

Well that is excellent news. Because if Congress has nothing better to do than worry about ballplayers dipping tobacco, every person must have a job, all diseases are cured, every homeless person is off the streets and we’re not waging war anywhere in the world.

Seriously, this is a topic worthy of attention by Congress? Any adult can go to 7-11 and get some Copenhagen or Red Man last I checked. Because somebody plays baseball doesn’t mean they sign away their rights to take up a bad habit.

Baseball players also drink, cheat on their wives, waste money on Christian Audigier t-shirts and buy watches as big as hubcaps. None of those things are good examples to kids, either. Will Congress try and cure those problems next?

There has to be something better to occupy the time of Reps. Waxman and Pallone. There just has to be.

If Terry Francona wants to dribble tobacco juice on his spikes, that is his problem. I don’t see anybody’s quality of life changing if he switches to Double Bubble.

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