City will investigate Reds' cigar smoking
Posted on: September 30, 2010 5:32 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2010 5:37 pm
You know the old bromide: Where there's smoke, there's ... uh, people to complain about the smoke.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, five people called an Ohio smoking ban hotline to complain that people were seen smoking indoors after the Reds clinched a playoff berth Tuesday (the names of the callers were not released, but I'm told one of them gave the name "Rony La Tussa"). The Cincinnati Health Department is investigating.
Video and photos from the celebration in the clubhouse at Great American Ball Park show numerous players smoking cigars (passed out by owner Bob Castellini, pictured), but the health department can only act if a health inspector actually sees someone smoking in violation of the ban.
State law requires an inspector to go out within 30 days of the complaint, at about the same time of day as the alleged violation. I can just picture the Reds being eliminated, and a month from now some guy leaping out of Jay Bruce's empty locker one night and yelling "Ha! Gotcha!"
-- David Andriesen
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