Cubs Manager Joe Maddon, on Chicago's New Tobacco Ban: 'I'm not into over-legislating the human race'

Grown man in uniform makes considerably more sense than Chicago politicians


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The Chicago City Council on Tuesday raised the legal smoking age from 18 to 21, levied a $6 million tax on tobacco products, outlawed retail discounts for the daemon weed, and banned the use of smokeless tobacco at all professional and amateur sporting events. This last prohibition, aping similar bans in nanny-state sister cities San Francisco, Boston, and Los Angeles, has drawn the ire of Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon, whose quotes on the matter are pretty great:

"I'm into personal freedoms," Maddon said Wednesday at Surprise Stadium. "I don't quite understand the point with all that. Just eradicate tobacco, period, if you're going to go that route. I'm not into over-legislating the human race.

"I stopped chewing tobacco about 15 years ago. I'm glad that I did, because I think I feel better because of it. I know the pitfalls. But I'm into (educating) the masses and let everybody make their own decisions.

"Inherently, that's what I'm about – (not telling) me what I can and cannot do as an adult." […]

"It comes down to telling me what I can and cannot do," Maddon said. "If it's illegal, then I can't do it, I get it. But don't try to make choices for me. Like a couple years ago – (when) they made it so you couldn't serve a certain-size soda pop in New York City – come on.

"When everybody else thinks that they know what's good for me, I don't appreciate that."      

Maddon is considered by many to be the best manager in baseball, in part due to his "free-thinking" ways. And for whatever reason (boredom I suspect being a leading culprit), chaw and dip have been disproportionately popular in baseball for 150 years.

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  1. This is going to punish a LOT of schizophrenics.

    Because Democrats care!

    1. But its for your own and the collective good, you’re just too stupid to understand.

    2. I guess there’s always nicotine gum.

      1. Snus tastes a lot better-still a tobacco product, but there is no way to tell if you are using it since there is no spit/smoke/vapor-unless of course, the nannies decide to pry open the players’ mouths and inspect their gums.

  2. a $6 million tax on tobacco products

    Well, *that* ought to discourage the kids from buying them.

  3. Grown man in uniform makes considerably more sense than Chicago politicians

    Not exactly a high bar there, you know.

    1. He makes a lot of money to watch sports as his job. I would not put down someone’s inteelgence for figuring out how to do that.

  4. What he’s really saying here is: Somebody please tell me how I should cut my hair.

  5. The gross hypocrisy of this sort of move while the Feds continue to subsidize tobacco growing is astounding.

    Except, of course, it’s never about what it says it’s about — it’s about building the mid-level bureaucracies and staffing them. And their managers, and office space, and all the other siphoning off of otherwise useful money.

    1. Less than a week ago in response to a question about the belatedness of the FedGov Obama conceded that it is bloated and then bragged about creating a new bureaucracy.

      1. bloatedness, not belatedness. I don’t know if that was me or the spellcheck gremlin.

  6. About 3 years ago, I saw an old guy sitting outside a local Starbucks, and I thought, “This guy is totally rippng of Joe Madden. Silver hair, nerd glasses, the whole look.” The next weekend, I saw the same old dude outside Starbucks and realized it was Joe Madden.

    He is a different kind of guy. He used to ride his bicycle from Long Beach all the way to Angels Stadium on game days.

  7. I really don’t like Joe Maddon.

    1. Vegas likes Maddon. The Chubs are 4/1 favorites to win the World Series.

      1. Lulz.

  8. I am still waiting for the daemon mailer to be outlawed.

    1. Any relation to Norman?

  9. OT: Nicholas Kristof decries that nasty old anti-government Donald Trump. CW: Comes closer to reaching peak derp than even the NYT normally does.…..ction&_r=0

    1. From the NYT comments: ” Of course, even in Mississippi ( which just had the good sense to elect a Democratic governor after Jindahl left them with a huge deficit of tax revenue and services) the wealthy have their expensive beach homes ( helped out by the US government after Katrina)”

      This is the average American voter.

      1. *facepalm*

        Mississippi. Got it.

        And now that newly elected Dem governor is pushing for raising the min wage $1.25 per hour. Has anyone else noticed the sharp decline in quality of restaurant food? I don’t mean fast food or high end, I mean across the board.

        Restaurants are barely able to keep their heads above water now.

      2. Jindahl left Mississippi with a deficit? Really?

        Just like Christie is doing in Delaware.

  10. I’m not into over-legislating the human race

    Hence you’re a baseball manager and not a legislator. Leave the legislating to the professionals and they’ll leave the baseball managing to you…for now.

    1. Maybe you can join him at his quiet time table.

  11. How can this be? I was assured that restrictions on tobacco use in public were just common sense measures to protect the health and comfort of non-smokers.

  12. Cubs fans are already so pissy, now they’re taking away their tobacco? I don’t think I’d feel safe as an opposing team’s player.…..1737953207

  13. I really like what that guy stands for.

  14. Just eradicate tobacco, period, if you’re going to go that route.

    Yeah, I mean look how successful the rest of the Drug War has been.

  15. The public health experts have, with a few exceptions, been curiously silent on weed legalization and public use. I wonder if this is because they don’t want to seem uncool to the kiddies who they are trying to scare away from tobacco. Or are they afraid of alienating the democrats’ millennial voting base?

  16. coca leaves would greatly improve baseball.

  17. I had no idea that Maddon was a racist homophobe Islamophobe Rape Apologist on the Koch payroll who wants to push grandparents off cliffs and let children die in the streets!

    Now I may actually root for him!

  18. I like his attitude but the government shouldn’t be telling children what they can and cannot do either. The proper function of government is to defend individual negative liberty with the retaliatory use of force, period.

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