#TruckDay: Red Sox equipment truck en route to Fort MyersPosted: Feb 05, 2018 12:27 PM Updated:
With every ending comes a new beginning.
Now that football season is officially in the rearview mirror, many in Southwest Florida have their sights set on the start of Spring Training baseball.
The Boston Red Sox announced Monday was #TruckDay, the unofficial start to Spring Training, as a 53-foot tractor-trailer carrying equipment to be used during Spring Training begins its journey to Fort Myers.
The truck departed from Fenway Park in Boston at noon on Monday for the 1,480-mile trip, and many fans in the area gave the 18-wheeler a celebratory send-off.
In the truck are all the essentials for baseball's preseason, including:
- 20,400 baseballs
- 1,100 bats
- 200 batting gloves
- 200 batting helmets
- 320 batting practice jerseys
- 160 game jerseys
- 300 pairs of pants
- 400 t-shirts
- 400 pairs of socks
- 20 cases of gum
- 60 cases of sunflower seeds
That should about cover it, right? Well, not for a proper Red Sox Spring Training.
The equipment truck will be traveling with a flat-bed truck carrying Wally the Green Monster, his sister Tessie, and Fenway Ambassadors who will be handing out JetBlue schedules, prizes, and other merchandise to fans along the way.
Boston will look to repeat as American League East Champions in 2018, and move past an early exit from the postseason after losing to the eventual World Champion Houston Astros.
The Red Sox's first Spring Training game is on Feb. 23 at JetBlue Park against the Minnesota Twins.
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