San Francisco mayor signs bill banning chewing tobacco from ballparks

Tyrants! (Hat tip: Eric)

San Francisco has become the first city in the nation to outlaw chewing tobacco from its playing fields, including AT&T Park, home to the San Francisco Giants.

Players and the manager of the team expressed support for the ordinance signed into law by Mayor Ed Lee on Friday but also concern about breaking the chewing habit.

The ordinance, which will take effect Jan. 1, prohibits the use of smokeless tobacco at athletic venues, specifically singling out baseball, which has a long history of players masticating and spitting tobacco juice in view of children who worship them.

Well, THERE’S the trouble – sports hero worship.

Of course, heaven forbid anyone consider changing sports adulation; not when millions of dollars are at stake…