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Peter Moylan: dippin’ down under

New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

ATLANTA - AUGUST 31: Pitcher Peter Moylan #58 of the Atlanta Braves pitches in the ninth inning against the New York Mets at Turner Field on August 31, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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Braves reliever Peter Moylan is from Australia. And we learn from his recently launched blog -- which, if the history of these sorts of things holds, will go inactive in two weeks -- that it’s not easy transitioning to the offseason when you’re from the land down under. After he took a 24 hour flight back home, this happened:

I was however, met by a customs officer who took a liking to my chewing tobacco. You see skoal is not something that is readily available in the land down under so as you can imagine a three month supply was sure to catch the attention of the x-ray machine, so what followed was a 30 min negotiation that involved me trying to prove that I am a Major League Baseball player and not a smoke shop owner trying to bring in new products.

I don’t care if ballplayers dip -- it’s outrageously dumb, but it’s a free country, even in another country -- but I bet Major League Baseball would prefer it if their players didn’t blog about the copious amount of tobacco their players use.