Steve Geltz on some cities’ tobacco bans: “It seems a little dictatorship-ish.”

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We’ve talked about the bans on tobacco products in various cities — New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles among them — and some players’ reactions to it.

The Rays kick off a three-game series in Boston followed by a three-game set in New York, meaning the Rays’ players will have to deal with life on the field without chewing tobacco. That will prove to be a challenge for some players, like Dana Eveland and Matt Moore, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Reliever Steve Geltz has a philosophical disagreement with the ban. “It seems a little dictatorship-ish. And that’s not the world we live in,” he said.

It’s exaggeration to the umpteenth degree, because we have regulations on behavior and choice in many facets of life, some meaningful and others not so meaningful. All healthy democracies do this. Geltz, in fact, may be confusing democracy with anarchy.

Eveland, however, is working on a substitute for tobacco. “If I can replace that with gum and seeds and biting my fingernails a little bit more, maybe I’ll survive,” the lefty said.