Dip, Chew, Baseball and Golf

February 12, 2010

By no means am I supporting or promoting this, but what is it about baseball and golf that makes guys gravitate towards tobacco? ┬áLast week I wandered around the PGA tourney at Riviera and I was amazed how many guys had big ol’ dips in.

Maybe one reason is both baseball and golf have a lot of open area to spit. I mean, you’re not going to see too many chewing tennis players (the court would get a little slick, right?). I don’t see Shaq or Kobe throwing one in for the same reason. Bicyclists…nope. Lance Armstrong would have the whole side of his face pinstriped, not to mention the guys behind him. Nascar? Ever try spitting out of a car going 250MPH? Messy.

Football – mask. Gymnastics – mat. Ice skating – spins. Skiing – speed. Water polo/swimming/diving – gross. Boxing – swallow it. Sumo wrestling – eat it.

So that leaves baseball, golf, and maybe archery. And maybe speed walking. I guess I answered my own question.

6 Responses to “Dip, Chew, Baseball and Golf”

  1. Matt Shafer says:

    I’m 100% sure this blog will never make it to DEADSPIN.com

  2. Brent Mayne says:

    Hope you’re right…I don’t know how much deadspin I can take.

  3. Preston Montelongo says:

    I’ve always wondered the same thing. I play junior college ball in Fresno and their must be only two or three of us on the team that don’t dip. You’d think the clip from ‘The Sandlot’ would’ve turned my generation away from it.

  4. Andy says:

    I think it is the speed of the games also. Burst of intensity and golf well if you hit the ball like I do you need mood altering substances to get through 18. Oh and a extra set of clubs.

  5. Kris Swank says:

    Sounds like you’ve got it figured out. Never noticed it with golf, but have always wondered that with baseball.

  6. Ed says:

    Tobacco is nasty. I once met a very pretty girl who dipped and it was disgusting. She actually wanted me to kiss her and I almost puked!

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