Snow at spring training? Giants weather the storm

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Come to Arizona, they said. Enjoy the sunny climes and good times.

No one said anything about snow.

But sure enough, there it was on the peaks surrounding Scottsdale Friday morning. A crazy cold snap had transformed this normally balmy town into a meat locker. Which isn’t very conducive to baseball.

Just the same, the Giants soldiered on, shivering through an abbreviated workout in the rain on the last day of spring training before the real fake games start.

The big chill was the talk of camp.

“It snowed at my house last night,” said Brandon Crawford. “I’ve never seen that before.”

He wasn’t smiling.

“This is Brooklyn weather!” crowed Giants’ coach Shawon Dunston, a New York native who learned a thing or two about playing in the cold as a kid. “You California people are spoiled!”

Manager Bruce Bochy took a more philosophical approach.

“There’s nothing you can do about it. It’s Mother Nature. You deal with it,” said Bochy, warming up in his office after the workout. “It’s like during the season. There’s going to be days where you have bad weather. … These guys were great today. It was cold, but they got their work in. I’m not going to lie. It would be nice to get our Arizona weather.

“It’s a good thing to talk about, I guess.”

Duane Kuiper said it reminded him of Opening Day weather …. in Cleveland.

The ballplayers weren’t the only ones focused on the wacky weather. The City of Scottsdale actually suspended trash pickups in parts of town due to the snow. Some schools were shut down. Flagstaff recorded over 2 feet of the white stuff. It even snowed in Tucson.

Despite the chill in the air, and the snow on the ground, this is still spring training. Which means everyone has hope.

“It’s supposed to be clear for our first game tomorrow,” said Crawford.

And no chance of flurries.

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