Certain members of the San Francisco Giants have turned to hypnosis to help them quick the nasty habit of chewing tobacco.
It started with bullpen catcher Bill Hayes who paid a hypnotist in Scottsdale, Arizona $300 for treatment back in January in hopes it would help him quit the habit. Hayes said it worked. "I said it could be the $300 I ever spent and it turned out to be that," Hayes said.
He hasn't dipped since then and he said his habit goes back 40 years.
Fast forward to April and a visit to Arizona to play the Diamondbacks. Manager Bruce Bochy asked Hayes if he still had the business card of his hypnosis specialist.
Now Bochy says he's a believer. He said he kicked the habit of 35 years.
"Pretty amazing. I remember being in the chair for 3 hours but I didn't realize how long I'd been there because she asked me how long. I said 'half hour.' She said about 3 hours," Bochy said.
Four months later and Bochy says he's surprised he doesn't have the craving to chew even though he sees guys doing it every day in the dugout.