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Tobacco cost Dempsey his baseball dream

Jun 30, 2011 | 10:15am EDT

The Grey's Anatomy star was played second base for his high school team when he accidentally swallowed a wad of Red Man tobacco and fell ill.

The memory ruined his dream of becoming a baseball star.

He recalls, "I made the mistake of thinking I could chew tobacco and play like the pros did... (so) I got a ball hit to me. We were gonna do a double play. I went over to second base, tagged the bag and swallowed everything that was in my mouth.

"The next inning I started feeling really dizzy and really high off of it (tobacco). And then all of the sudden I got really nauseous. And then that was it, I was out of the game, hiding under a tree, vomiting for the rest of the game.

"That was the end of my baseball career - and chewing tobacco."

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