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Stogie News: More Baseball and Cigars

18 Jul 2006

As our readers are no doubt aware, we are baseball fans as well as Stogie Guys. (I root for the surging Mets, while Patrick A is a fan of the pitiable Cubs.)

And while you may be tired of our rantings about baseball, cigars, and the Washington Nationals’ apparent indifference to having half their stadiums’ seats remain empty (even though a plan to put paying customers in some of those seats already exists), I am going to harp on this issue some more with the promise that – barring something extraordinary – it will be the last time for a while.

Last week in the Weekly Wrapper column the godfather of cigar publications, Cigar Aficionado, weighed in on the whole baseball and cigars issue. Author and Mets fan Mike Marsh writes:

What’s also exciting, at least from a cigar smoker’s standpoint, is the recent influx of cigar bars into Major League ballparks. OK, so it’s only been two, but isn’t that a start?

In April, PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates and host of this year’s All-Star Game, opened the Montecristo Club. Then in June, Christian Eiroa and Camacho Cigars struck a deal with the Detroit Tigers to open the Camacho Cigar Bar at Comerica Park. They join the Cuesta-Rey Cigar Bar at Tropicana Field, which has been accommodating cigar-smoking Devil Rays fans since 1998, as the only full-blown cigar bars in the majors.

But the key quote was from one Tigers executive who properly described the beauty of cigar smoking at the ballpark:

Baseball is a relaxing sport… Enjoying a cigar and a drink goes along with that. We want fans to have a well-rounded experience when they come to the ballpark, and cigars reach out to another segment of our fan base.

Our thoughts exactly! Now if only other teams would reach out to the cigar smoking segment of their fan bases…

-Patrick S

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5 Responses to “Stogie News: More Baseball and Cigars”

  1. Jerry Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at 8:33 am #

    One day the Nats will get it right and we all be enjoying a "Stogie Guys" night at RFK or whatever the new stadium will be called.

    In the meantime, you guys should head up to Pittsburgh. The guys at the Blown' Smoke Podcast are putting on an event at PNC on August 12th. More info at:
    http://www.burghherfers.com/events.html

    Also check out their biweekly (I think biweekly) podcast.

    Jerry @ Stogie Review

  2. Anonymous Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at 11:51 am #

    I will never tire of hearing about baseball or cigars.

  3. Ray C Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at 12:31 pm #

    Cubs fan ehh? That must be rough!

  4. Patrick A Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at 2:47 pm #

    You have no idea how rough it is.

    But no fans are more loyal than Cubs fans…so there's no turning back.

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  1. The Stogie Guys » Blog Archive » Stogie News: PNC Park Montecristo Club Closes - Wednesday, March 21, 2007

    […] We’ve praised the Montecristo Club at PNC Park – the home of the Pirates – in previous articles and even mentioned it in our proposal to the Washington Nationals for a cigar night at RFK stadium. (That proposal was shot down by the Nationals promotions office despite the tens of thousands of empty seats most nights at RFK…. Maybe that explains their lack of winning teams.) […]