Rocky Patel Cigar Co. has announced a series of in-store events that will feature former Major Leaguer Gary Sheffield, who will be appearing in support of the Rocky Patel HR 500 cigar that was released in mid-September and reviewed here. The cigar commemorates the slugger’s 500 home runs, making him one of just 25 players in Major League history to reach that plateau.

Dates and times are subject to change; contact the retailer listed to confirm any listing.


Date Retailer City/State
Jan. 11, 2013 ABC Orlando, FL
Jan. 24, 2013 Absolute Cigar Miami, FL
Feb. 8, 2013 South Beach Cigar Co. Miami, FL
Feb. 16, 2013 Smoke Inn West Palm, FL
Mar. 7, 2013 Havana Connections Richmond, VA
Mar. 8, 2013 Emersons Virginia Beach, VA
Mar. 9, 2013 Old Virginia Woodbridge, VA
Mar. 20, 2013 Smoking Cave Denver, CO
Mar. 21, 2013 Magnum Cigars Phoenix, AZ
Mar. 28, 2013 Smokin Joes Knoxville, TN
Mar. 29, 2013 Tinder Box Charlotte, NC
Mar. 30, 2013 Havana Phils Greensboro, NC
Apr. 12, 2013 Oxmoor Smoke Shop Louisville, KY
Apr. 13, 2013 Don Juan Baton Rouge, LA
Apr. 17, 2013 The Humidor Providence, RI
Apr. 18, 2013 Davidoff New York, NY
Apr. 19, 2013 JR’s Whippany, NJ
Apr. 21 or 22, 2013 R&R Alabama
Apr. 25 – 27, 2013 Cigar Intl. Festival Allantown, PA
May. 1, 2013 Select Cigars Chicago, IL
May. 2, 2013 TBD Milwaukee, WI
May. 4, 2013 Kenny The King Chicago, IL
May. 9, 2013 Tobacco Shoppe Midland, MI
May. 10, 2013 Ye Olde Pipe Phoenix, AZ
May. 16, 2013 Diebels Kansas City
May. 24, 2013 Lil Brown Yakima, WA
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I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.