Last May, the city of San Francisco passed an ordinance that bans players from using smokeless tobacco at AT&T Park.
Thursday night's exhibition game between the A's and Giants is the first game where the law will be in effect.
Throughout spring training, the San Jose Mercury News conducted an anonymous survey of 25 Giants to find out how the players feel about the law.
"I can see it from both sides of the fence," Buster Posey told Andrew Baggarly. "You want to be a good example for children, and we are role models. There's a responsibility there. But at the same time, if they're telling adults they can or cannot use tobacco products, what's next?
"I think I have a little bit of an issue with governments telling somebody they can't use tobacco."
Some of the survey's takeaways:
- Two players said they would not comply with the law
- Three players expressed support for the law
- Seven players have used smokeless tobacco in the past 12 months
- Sixteen players have tried chew or dip
"It's not going to be tough," Madison Bumgarner said. "That's the law and that's just what you've got to do. They're giving us other options with coffee pouches and the herbal stuff, so I don't think it'll be very difficult. It's only a few hours out of your day when you're at the field. I don't necessarily agree with it, but it's against the law.
"But whether it (sets a bad example) or not, I don't think other people should control how you want to portray yourself."
Said Bruce Bochy: "The law was passed and we'll obey the law. They won't be dipping at the ballpark."