“We’re grown men. People in the stands can have a beer, but we can’t do what we want? That’s a little messed up,” pitcher John Lackey said in response to the ban.
Manager Joe Maddon voiced a similar opinion on the issue.
“I’m into personal freedoms. I don’t understand the point with all that,” Maddon said. “Just eradicate tobacco period if you’re going to go that route. I’m not into over-legislating the human race, so for me I’ll just have to listen and learn.”
Bans also exist in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Boston, making Chicago the fourth city to do away with smokeless tobacco at sporting events.
If smokeless tobacco is used at a sports venue in Chicago, a first offense will result in at least a $250 fine. A second violation will result in a $500 fine, and each subsequent violation that occurs within one year of the first offense will cost at least $2,500.
The Chicago ban will officially become law 90 days after it was approved.