While it might be difficult to think following Chicago expended 52 several hours battling under-zero temperatures this 7 days, baseball season is practically listed here, and the proof came Friday early morning.

The Cubs and White Sox loaded their gear trucks in preparation to leave for their practically 1,800-mile visits — which typically can take three to four days — to Arizona.

“It’s difficult to picture that three weeks from now we’ll be enjoying baseball down in Arizona,” Cubs senior vice president of revenue and advertising Colin Faulkner claimed. “The gentle at the conclusion of the polar vortex is baseball, so enthusiasts can glimpse ahead to that.”

Cubs and Sox pitchers and catchers are established to report Feb. 12 and will have their 1st workout the next day — that’s just shy of two weeks away. The Cubs will convene at Sloan Park in Mesa, Arizona, for their 1st comprehensive-squad workout on Feb. 18. The Sox will host their 1st group workout that day at Camelback Ranch-Glendale in Glendale, Arizona.

The Cubs and Sox commence the 2019 Cactus League season on Feb. 23. The Cubs will host the Brewers, and the Sox will play the Dodgers at their shared stadium in Glendale.