A brief conversation from a favorite television series from years gone by went like this:

Character one: “Pitchers and catchers report next week” as the interchange took place in the freezing cold of our nation’s capital.

Character two: “What are we doing here then ?”

The banter between the two characters on that TV show has always remained with me. Recent days have been a solid reminder as to why.

In the state of Georgia, high school athletics have now ushered in “spring” sports for 2020. Yet on Feb. 8 we had more than an inch of snow fall in the neck of the woods I live in. The previous night I watched two high school soccer matches in temperatures fit more for the Winter Olympics rather than something associated with spring.

The temperature at the start of the first soccer game, in which there was still daylight, hovered in the 30s. And make no mistake it was a bone-chilling cold. In the few minutes I ventured from the press box to the field to obtain quotes for the articles I would write, it didn’t take long for the cold air to cut right through me.

The new high school baseball season has started for many schools yet anyone who follows the sports knows how at least the first month of the season will go. There will be multiple rainouts and even when the rain is not falling there will be days when surviving the bitter cold will be too much of a task.

A local baseball scrimmage this past Saturday was snowed out.

A few years ago while at an early high school baseball season game I had on three layers of clothes, gloves, a hat and the thickest coat I own. By the end of the second inning I had endured all I could. 

It’s the only time I have left a game I was covering because of the cold. I honestly don’t remember ever being colder at in my life. Even during late season high school football games, which begin under darkness, I had never experienced anything like that afternoon at the local baseball field.

The crazy thing about this time of the year in Georgia is we can literally go from one extreme to the next in less than a week’s time. For example, on Monday, Feb. 3, it was sunny and in the mid-70s. On Thursday, Feb. 6, it was still warm but with about 3 inches of rain. On Friday, Feb. 7, the high was in the 30s. On Saturday, Feb. 8, it snowed.

The bipolar nature of the weather in February in Georgia is not something to be admired.

Chris Bridges is a former sports editor of The Walton Tribune. He writes a weekly column for the Barrow News-Journal.