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The whole point of moving to Arizona, or holding baseball or golf events there, is that the weather will be nice. But, thanks to global warming — or just weather trickery at its best — that’s no longer the case.
The World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship found that out the hard way Wednesday when a freak snowstorm stalled play. Now, the Arizona Diamondbacks must be wondering whether they, too, need to consider a move to Florida if they want spring training to go off without a hitch.
One of the Diamondbacks who awoke to a world of white Thursday morning and had practice canceled was new outfielder Cody Ross, who must have thought he would get to avoid Boston-like winters when he finished up with the Red Sox after last season.
Check out a photo from Ross as he and his Diamondbacks teammates waited for the weather to, ahem, clear so that practice could begin.
Late practice today due to this yesterday http://t.co/an81d9F6Vz— Cody Ross (@IamCodyRoss) February 21, 2013
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Welcome to warm and sunny Scottsdale, Arizona, home of MLB Cactus League Spring Training.
Or, welcome to the snow. This picture was taken today just west of Salt River Fields, where the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies train.
Picture by me, taken as I was driving my sled.
Yes Pedro Guerrero, it's really snow.
Cactus League games start Friday....
I am Bear Jew, hear me roar.
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SIGNED/RESIGNED: David Ortiz (DH), David Ross (C), Jonny Gomes (OF), Shane Victorino (OF), Koji Uehara (RHP), Ryan Dempster (RHP), Stephen Drew (SS), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (C), Craig Breslow (LHP), Mike Napoli (1B/C)
TRADED FOR: Joel Hanrahan (RHP)
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