Spring Training is just weeks away, and already the Red Sox’s equipment is getting ready to be hauled to Fort Myers, Florida ahead of the team’s practices.
The truck began to be loaded at 7 a.m. Monday and was scheduled to depart from Fenway Park around noon. Mascots Wally the Green Monster and his sister Tessie joined Fenway Ambassadors at the flat-bed truck to hand out prizes and soft baseballs to fans.
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More than 20,000 baseballs, 1,000 baseball bats and 200 batting gloves and helmets were stored in the equipment truck, which will be driven by Milford native Al Hartz. Hartz has been traveling the 1,480-mile trip for 21 consecutive years.
Not only will equipment be whisked away in the truck, but snacks, as well. Twenty cases of bubble gum and 60 cases of sunflower seeds are part of the supplies that will be carried during the ride.
Truck Day has been celebrated at Fenway Park as a time-honored tradition since 2003. All items will be taken to the Red Sox’s Spring Training home at JetBlue Park.
Spring Training tickets are on sale now and the Red Sox will face the Northeastern University Huskies on Feb. 22 to begin their practice.