When heading out to Spring Training one can expect to find excitement in the air over baseball being played again, warm temperatures and in the case of Camelback Ranch, scorpions.
Beginning last week with this tweet from ESPN’s Doug Padilla was news that scorpions were aplenty on the Camelback Ranch grounds, at least on the Chicago White Sox side of the complex:
Scorpion invasion at the White Sox's spring training complex. So there's that. pic.twitter.com/y8WaTbagnw
— Doug Padilla (@ESPNChiSox) February 21, 2015
However, three days later, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reported Los Angeles Dodgers public relations official Jon Chapper had a run-in with a scorpion:
Scorpion that stung Dodgers official Jon Chapper. pic.twitter.com/of9Y2mdo8e
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) February 24, 2015
Though not confirmed, Gurnick’s tweet suggested the scorpions migrated over to the Dodgers’ side after Padilla initially shared news of the invasion. After a two-day hiatus on scorpion-watch, Gurnick shared news of Yasmani Grandal catching one, which he apparently is familiar with doing, in the Dodgers’ clubhouse:
Scorpion update: Yasmani Grandal caught one in the clubhouse today. The Arizona resident nabs them at home and is, after all, a catcher.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) February 27, 2015
Officials at Camelback Ranch released a statement after Chapper was stung, saying proper measures were taken to avoid this unfortunate situation and they were looking forward the first game of spring, scheduled for March 6.
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