Dear Nick Swisher ~
Welcome to Cleveland! As a huge Cleveland Indians fan I simply cannot tell you how jazzed I am to see you donning a Tribe jersey this season. I was driving to work the other day and literally got goosebumps when I noticed a guy walking on the sidewalk wearing a #33 Swisher jersey.
Sadly, as an anti tobacco advocate, I’ve got to say that I’m not quite as happy. Allow me to share a story with you.
I was watching the Opening Day game the other night where you and my beloved Indians defeated the Toronto Blue Jays and I received a text from a co-worker.
“Does Swisher have a big chew in? Disappointing.”
The answer was unfortunately affirmative. Now I’ve never been one of those anti-tobacco guys that thinks everyone HAS to quit. I’ve also not been a huge proponent of dip, snuff and chew being “banned” from Major League Baseball. I’ve always been more of a passive type making available resources for those who wanted to quit dipping and offering support when they finally made their decision to quit dipping. Believe me… I know how hard it is to quit, and the last thing you want to hear one week into your first regular season is some blogger you’ve never heard of spouting off about how you should quit. I get get it.
Quite frankly I’ve given up on going the official route and trying to contact Major League Baseball. I’ve tried time and time again to contact the league or to contact specific teams offering help. I’m not looking for an endorsement for KillTheCan.org. I’m offering help. But those attempts have always been met with silence. I get it. However, after that text the other night, I received a follow up text which compelled me to put this post together.
“Kids all over look up to him. [My son] just asked me… “What’s in his mouth?””
And that Nick is why I’m writing. Please quit. Quit for the kids of Cleveland and all around the league that look up to you. Quit for the kids who try to emulate you on and off the field. Quit because I know deep down that you want to.
I did some Googling for this piece. If you go to Google Images and do a search for “Nick Swisher” you know what’s the first image that comes up?
Wanna see some others? There are plenty.
I know what you’re saying… “Those are old images. Show me something new!” OK. I can do that too. How about the first picture that someone sees when they click on your player profile from the Official Cleveland Indians website:
As I said before, I get it. Quitting is hard. In fact, I’m guessing it’s super difficult for you in your surroundings. In doing some research, I find that sadly, my beloved Indians now have 3 of the Top 10 Most Obvious “Dippers” In Major League Baseball.
As I said before, I’m about the biggest Tribe fan you’ll ever run into. I’ll be there on Monday afternoon watching you take the field in the home opener. But please gentlemen… Please consider what you’re doing when you throw in your dip. You’re affecting young Clevelanders who think you’re cool.
Let me say this. If you or anyone on the team wants to quit, I will do everything in my power to help you. I will never lie to you and tell you it will be easy. It won’t. But I will utilize every tool that I and the rest of the 15,000 members of KillTheCan.org have developed to help you.
Say the word and I can be down at Progressive Field within 20 minutes. I can stop by on my lunch hour, before a game, after a game, on an off day, on the weekends, in the morning, etc. I can meet you at a Starbucks. We can grab a drink at the Winking Lizard. You say the word and I’ll make myself available. But not because you’re a celebrity. Because you’re a quitter. And while YOUR job is going yard… MY job is helping people quit.
Until then… GO TRIBE!!!