D-backs’ Reed quits tobacco out of respect for Gwynn
PHOENIX — Arizona right-hander Addison Reed admired Tony Gwynn so much that when San Diego State offered him a scholarship on his visit in 2007, Reed did not bother with the rest of the schools on his recruiting list. A hug from Gwynn sealed the deal.
After learning Monday of Gwynn’s passing from mouth cancer, which he attributed to an addiction to chewing tobacco, Reed paid tribute to Gwynn in a meaningful way.
When Reed arrived at the clubhouse Monday afternoon, he took the seven cans of dip in his locker cubicle and threw them in a garbage can, but not before opening the cans and disposing of the tobacco separately.
"I always wanted to quit," Reed said.
"You never think it will happen to you."
Reed played for Gwynn’s Aztecs from 2008-10 and admired the way Gwynn did everything he could to help his players.
"He was there to help people succeed," Reed said. "He tried to help me be the best person I could be, not only on the field but off the field. He taught me how to be a professional. It was more than baseball."
D-backs outfielder Cody Ross said he quit chew tobacco cold turkey in 2012, so it can be done. Consider Day 1 for Reed a success.
"Wish me luck," he said.