With pitchers and catchers set to report in less than two weeks, we’re seeing some welcome signs of spring, as MLB teams are celebrating their 2019 Truck Day, shipping supplies to Florida and Arizona.
Teams began celebrating the departure of trucks last week, as Truck Day has become an unofficial launch to spring training.
We’re on the road to Glendale! pic.twitter.com/bnTJqohj22
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) February 1, 2019
All clear, and out of here.
Our equipment trucks are on their way to Goodyear!
Pitchers and catchers report in 12 days! ☀️ pic.twitter.com/fuxpQDPPxC
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) January 31, 2019
*Takes out #TruckDay checklist* 📝
✔️ 1,538 baseballs
✔️ 600 towels
✔️ 307 baseball pants
✔️ 300 socks
✔️ 248 bats
✔️ 97 helmets
✔️ 18 baseball bags
✔️ 1 ACE the mascot pic.twitter.com/GTBO6yia5R
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) January 31, 2019
18° in Baltimore, Maryland
62° in Sarasota, Florida
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) January 30, 2019
No one, however, does Truck Day like the Boston Red Sox, whose spring-training departure date is set for Monday. Feb. 4. The Red Sox have even sold naming rights to Truck Day — as presented by JetBlue — and employees will begin loading the truck starting at 7 a.m. and is scheduled to leave Fenway Park for the 1,480-mile trip around noon.
The equipment truck, which will depart from Fenway Park on Van Ness Street, will be led by a flat-bed truck carrying Wally the Green Monster, his sister Tessie, and Fenway Ambassadors who will be handing out JetBlue collectable baseball card schedules filled with prizes and tossing soft Red Sox baseballs to fans.
This will be the 21st straight year that Milford native Al Hartz will drive the 53-foot truck, which will carry an assortment of baseball equipment and supplies, including:
- 20,400 baseballs
- 1,100 bats
- 200 batting gloves
- 200 batting helmets
- 320 Batting Practice tops
- 160 white game jerseys
- 300 pairs of pants
- 400 t-shirts
- 400 pairs of socks
- 20 cases of bubble gum
- 60 cases of sunflower seeds
Photo courtesy Toronto Blue Jays.