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"MLB had passed a rule in 2000 forbidding clubhouses from carrying tobacco products. (They used to carry every kind imaginable -- just picture the tobacco rack in a 7-11.) So players would keep packs of cigarettes and dip in the dugout bathrooms, just out of camera view. When Mark Grace was with Arizona at the end of his career, he used to sit in the bathroom between EVERY INNING with Bob Melvin and puff away. Every inning they would both go smoke and talk defense and hitting. He would even leave cigs burning, go walk up and down the dugout, then go back in to finish one. "As for Bobby Cox, he not only enjoyed post-game cigars, but also pregame and during the game. The Braves came in three or four times that year and he always had a lit cigar in his mouth. He would go light it up between EVERY INNING of every game they played. (He was also revered as the nicest, most genuine, most foul-mouthed skipper in the game. Good guy.Nice. Big thanks to Patrick for his first-hand report, and thanks also to everyone who contributed photos, including Doug Mooney, James Welham, Kirk Graven, Jeff Eyamie, Kristofer Trujillo, Matt Golden, Robert White, Zach Iwler, Gregg Kline, Mike Mackler, David Fennig, Jim Wooley, James Gaines, Brian Giuffra, and Taha Jamil. Paul Lukas will cover what the horses wear -- blinkers, striped leg wraps, and so on -- at a later date. His Uni Watch blog, which is updated daily, is here, his answers to Frequently Asked Questions are here, and his Page 2 archive is here. Want to learn about his Uni Watch membership program, be added to his mailing list so you'll always know when a new column has been posted, or just ask him a question? Contact him here.
"Relievers were also notorious for lighting up. I can't recall most of those names, but I do remember Mike Remlinger on the Braves, Joey Eischen of the Expos, and David Weathers on the Mets. "There are a few other players I remember, including Tino Martinez on the Cardinals, Jeromy Burnitz on the Mets, and Larry Walker, who used the bathroom for smoking and for destruction when he popped out in the 9th to end a game. He smashed the urinal, sink, and the divider outside the toilet. And what did he do after that? Lit up a smoke."