JSOnline Phoenix – Brewers general manager Doug Melvin got a scare Wednesday night when he was stung by a small scorpion in his condominium and spent three hours in a local hospital. Melvin just told me that he reached down to pick up what he thought was a harmless bug with a Kleenex but it turned out to be an Arizona bark scorpion. Melvin was stung on the middle finger of his left hand and when he started experiencing numbness going up his arm, he Googled scorpion stings and decided he better go to a hospital. “I spent three hours in an emergency room in Scottsdale,” Melvin said Thursday morning at the Brewers’ Maryvale training complex. “My arm is still totally numb. “It stung me right through the Kleenex. My arm started swelling and then the numbness started going up my arm, like when you hit your funny bone. I was wondering if it might go all the way up my arm and go to my heart. I got nervous when it got up to my shoulder, so I went to the emergency room. “They gave me (pain medication) and just watched me for a couple of hours. They said your vision can go blurry from that. It was more an education on it but my arm is still numb. First off, they tell you it’s not fatal. But you can have an allergic reaction to it and need an anti-venom injection.” When Melvin was getting coffee this morning, he bumped into mlb.com’s Peter Gammons and told him about it, and Gammons later tweeted it. That’s how the information originally got out. “I don’t think it’s that big a deal,” said Melvin.
I have been to Arizona and I am surprised that this does not happen more often, because they have scorpions like we have cockroaches here in New York City. Luckily cockroaches cannot sting you, the worst danger you are in from a cockroach is finding one in your General Tso’s Chicken and having to find a new favorite Chinese food delivery joint. It sucks, but you get over it…in time.
So for Major League Baseball, Spring Training can take place in either Arizona or Florida. Where would you rather be?
Both have hot girls, great golf and killer snakes. No advantages there.
Florida has high humidity, slightly more meth heads, many more elderly people, and alligators. I watch “Gator Boys” and I know how to neutralize an alligator, so personally I’m okay there.
Despite the fact that I might make a diving catch in the outfield and land on a scorpion nest, give me Arizona, due to the dry heat and lack of the elderly. I can’t stand the smell of elderly people sweating in humidity.